Today has been a long day. First we harvested snap bean samples for a customer; then we weeded. This afternoon was spent planting cabbage. Andy, Peter and I put in about 900 today. I was just out and weeded some more. It is very dry and the rain we thought we were going to get does not look like it will make it. I guess that is why we have irrigation.
Some of the things to remember about planting cabbage came to mind today as I was planting. One of the basic things when planting cabbage is not to plant it where you planted it the year before. If you do, the results may not be all that satisfactory, as the plants will often be much more susceptible to disease. It's best to plant them elsewhere in the garden. In fact, you should not plant cabbage where any other members of the Crucifer family have been planted. We rotate our crops to avoid this issue.
Like most vegetables, cabbage is a sun loving plant and will usually
not do well if planted in a shady area. Being a cool season plant, it
will benefit somewhat from partial shade, especially in the afternoon,
in areas where the summer temperatures are quite high. The warmer weather we are experiencing is causing some issues with our crucifer crops.
The rewards from giving the plant sufficient water will soon be
evident. The right combination of fertilizer and water can result in
some giant-sized heads, if that is what you want, although heads of 9
or 10 inches in diameter will sell better at the market. I think tomorrow I will start irrigating my cabbage!!! Have a great evening! God bless!