30 Second Guide to Growing Cabbage

Posted March 20, 2017 by Lauren Dibble in Gardening / 1 Comment


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In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?

This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Cabbage should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!


I wasn’t fond of cabbage until I met my husband. Growing up in a German household, he grew up on braised cabbage. After spending 5 years in Okinawa, he developed a love for cabbage salad, and even kimchi.

While I haven’t tried making kimchi (yet!), I have come to appreciate this homely, humble leaf.

If you haven’t watched “Minding Your Mitochondira“, a TEDx talk, yet, you absolutely should. Long story short, Dr. Terry Wahls was diagnosed with MS and began a quest to learn how to heal her brain and her mitochondria with food. She discovered that sulfur-rich foods (amond other things) help to repair mitochondria. So she added those foods to her diet.

Foods like eggs, legumes, nuts, onions, and the simple cabbage contain sulfur. The lowly cabbage directly feeds the cells of your body. For that reason, it’s found a place in my heart.

If you’re growing Cabbage this year, here’s what you need to know:

Soil pH



6 hours


1-1.5 inches per week

Planting Time

4 weeks before last frost (Spring) or 6-8 weeks before the first frost (Fall)

Compatible With

Beans, Celery, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes

Avoid Planting With

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Strawberries, Tomatoes


12-24 inches


Low maintenance. Manage pests.

Harvesting Fruit

80-180 days

Saving The Seeds

Cabbages are mostly biennial, which means to produce seed, they will mature their first year, die down and set flower their second year.

The other concern with harvesting cabbage seeds is that they will cross pollinate with other members of the Brassica family such as collards, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and kale. To prevent cross pollination, they need up to a mile of distance.

If you do harvest the seeds, allow them to dry completely on the plant before harvesting.

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