There’s a cabbage to fit any sized garden


Forget about those old boarding house cabbages that were cooked until they turned grey. These days cabbages are exciting vegetables that can be used in salads, stir fries and soups or can be decorative enough to go into the ornamental garden. Take kale, for example. Coloured leaf kales are used in place of winter flowers, but the edible varieties can also be grown for their good looks. Yates Kale is a curly-leafed vegetable that can be popped into all sorts of odd spots in the garden.

Cabbages for indoors

The trendiest and definitely most space saving way to grow cabbages is as microgreens. Yates Cabbage Rubies is a packet of seed that will add a colourful gourmet touch to dishes. These micro cabbages can be grown on a windowsill. When they’re ready – within 2 to 3 weeks – they can be harvested with scissors, just as they’re needed. Make successive sowings for a continuous supply and use the red-stemmed shoots to decorate and add flavour.

Cabbages for pots

The best cabbages to choose for containers are the non-hearting Asian types. Yates Buk Choy has upright leaves that can be picked leaf by leaf or cut as an entire clump. After soil has lost its summer heat, sow Chinese cabbage seeds direct into a well prepared bed. Or, in warmer areas, sow seeds into trays filled with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and keep them in a cool spot. Then transplant carefully when the seedlings can be easily handled. Wombok is another Chinese variety in the Yates range. It grows into a compact, multi-leafed head that is tightly packed.

Traditional garden cabbages

The larger European cabbages are not as popular as they once were but, if they’re well grown and picked just before cooking, they’re sweet and tender. Sugarloaf’s name is a good reflection of its flavour. Its conical centre is set off by the fans of outer leaves.

Eureka is a round headed cabbage that goes well with a range of dishes. Its tightly packed inner leaves are so well protected they’re almost white. Eureka’s a relatively slow grower that takes four months or more to develop in the colder weather.

Caring for cabbages

Grow cabbages in a sunny spot with well drained soil that’s been enriched by digging in some Dynamic Lifter PLUS Leafy Vegetable Food. Add a little Yates Gro-Plus Garden Lime if soil is acidic. Feed seedlings by regularly watering with Thrive All Purpose.

The biggest threat to cabbages comes from the insect pests that love to attack the plants. Aphids cluster on young growth, sucking goodness and spreading disease. Spray with Yates Nature’s Way Fruit & Vegie Gun. Its fast acting formula will quickly get rid of aphids and other small sap suckers. The most important predators, caterpillars of the cabbage moth and butterfly, can be controlled with the help of the Success or Nature’s Way Caterpillar Killer that leaves no harmful residues and only affects caterpillars in the moth and butterfly family.


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