Eat your vegetables – we’ve all heard that often enough. It is usually told to children who often don’t like the taste of vegetables and still need to learn the value of eating food that contains plenty of nutrients. The health benefits of eating vegetables is of course the number one reason for doing it, but one cannot discount the importance of enjoying its taste as well. When you do get yourself to eat vegetables, you are sure to find that it tastes just as great as any other food.
Growing your own food is one of the best alternatives for anyone. And growing your own vegetables certainly tops the list. Who wouldn’t want to be able to eat food that they themselves planted and took care of until it was ready to be picked and consumed? Of course the most obvious advantage of having that is that you know where your food came from and that you handled it properly and there is no danger of it containing any chemicals or anything that would not be good for your health.
Those were the same things that were in my mind when I decided to grow my own food, particularly vegetables. I have my on little vegetable garden in my yard and from there I grow a few varieties that I happen to love. This time I am learning how to plant cabbage for the coming fall, as I believe that it is one of the best seasons for it. The following are the steps for doing so.
Planting Cabbage for the Fall
Late season cabbage is best planted during the fall, since it thrives when the days are shorter and there is a drop in the overnight temperatures. The steps for planting are:
• Soil preparation needs to be done early on in the fall. The location should be where the plants could get a full day’s sun and about 10 days before planting, some fertilizer could be added to the soil.
• Stakes should be driven into the opposite ends of the cabbage patch, where a string that’s tied between the stakes would serve as the guide for keeping all of the rows of plants straight. Holes that are about 6 inches apart and half an inch deep would be where the cabbage seeds go to.
• After sprouting, the cabbage seedlings should be spaced one foot apart. Make sure to continue weeding.
• Insects are unwelcome guests in your cabbage garden, so watch out for them. Use Malathion to treat the cabbages, you could powder or spray your plants with it. Use it until about a couple of weeks before harvesting.
• Fertilizing the cabbage plants is a must, and it should be done as son as the heads begin to develop. Commercial fertilizer and composted manure are both very good choices.
• After the heads are formed, provide support for the plants by making use of a hoe and raking soil from between the plants toward the cabbage stem. The soil should be packed around the plants’ bottom part.
• Harvest the crop by using sharp garden nippers. Stems should be cut at ground level, be sure to harvest before the expected frost.