Grow your own cabbages

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Growing the traditional large cabbages can be daunting, especially in a small garden because they need so much space. Fortunately, there are other types of cabbage that are just as sweet and crunchy, but less demanding to grow. For starters, baby cabbage is quicker to harvest and deliciously sweet, while Chinese cabbages add interest to your veggie patch.

If you do have the space though, go for ‘Savoy’, a good-looker with crinkled emerald leaves. All cabbages have the same requirements: rich, fertile soil (mix in compost and organic fertiliser); good drainage; and regular watering.

Watch out for aphids; if they infest the head of the cabbage it becomes inedible. Once the heads start to form, spray once a week with an organic spray such as Margaret Roberts Organic Insecticide. From seedling stage onwards, fertilise once a month with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

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