June 19, 2021

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8 Container Garden Veggies – How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

Cabbage likes cool but not freezing temperatures. It will not form a head but will instead split or bolt if exposed to too much heat or severe frost. Good companions for cabbage include thyme, dill, chamomile, sage, and onions.

Days to Harvest: 80–180 days from seed; 65–105 days from transplant

Size: 12″–18″ tall and 18″–24″ wide

Difficulty: Medium

Container Size: Five gallons or larger. Container should be 10″–12″ deep.

When to Plant: Begin planting in the spring 5 weeks before last spring frost date. Cabbage can also be planted in the fall in many climates.

Varieties to Try: Savoy Ace (compact curly variety); Early Jersey Wakefield (compact green variety); Red Acre (compact red variety).

Grows Best From: Seed or transplant. When choosing transplants at the nursery, look for small transplants with compact green leaves on a short stem.

How to Plant

Plant seeds 1⁄4″ deep and 3″ apart. Thin to 12″–20″ apart when seedlings are 2″–3″ tall. Plant transplants 12″–20″ apart a little deeper than nursery-pot level, but not deeper than the first set of leaves.

Light: Full sun.

Water: Water well until plants are established and then provide regular water. Cabbage grows well with an olla (a clay container for self-watering) or in a self-watering container. Once cabbage is almost full-size, cut back a little on watering to prevent the head from splitting.

Feed: Benefits from a liquid organic fertilizer application each week, 3–4 weeks after planting.

When to Harvest

Harvest cabbage when heads are well formed and firm, cutting off at the base with a sharp knife. Young, small heads have the best flavor.

Tips: Cut away the large bottom leaves if they turn yellow. Insects such as cabbage worms, cutworms, snails, and slugs can ruin young cabbage leaves.