Sowing cabbages and calabrese

Brassica is the family name for cabbages. It also includes a number of other vegetables, most of which are easily identifiable as belonging to the same family- Brussel sprouts, cabbages (of all types) calabrese, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Chinese cabbages. It also includes swedes, turnips, radishes and kohlrabi.¬† If you know which family or genus a vegetable belongs to, then you will know what it’s nutrient requirements are and where to plant them in your crop rotation.

Anyway, today I started to sow my seed for cabbages and calabrese. I am not overly fond of cabbage, although, oddly enough , I like Brussel sprouts. So I only grow a few cabbages and then only of certain types. The varieties of cabbage I sowed today are

Cabbage Red Jewel

cabbage red jewel

and cabbage brigadier

cabbage brigadier

They are both F1 Hybrids. I sowed both these 3 or 4 seeds in 3″ pots. When they have germinated and developed a bit, I will prick them out into separate 3 inch pots after which I will plant in my vegetables patch. The frosts should, by then, be passed. Most cabbages will stand up to bad weather, but germination is much better when you have some warmth and you will get earlier cabbages by sowing indoors.

Red Jewel, as the name suggests is a red cabbage. It has good storage properties and pickles very well. I like to cook it with apples, although it equally good cooked alone.

Brigadier is one which will give  you a giant cabbage with heads up to 14lb (6.5kg). It is very tasty eaten raw or cooked. It has a high sugar and vitamin C content. It is Fusarium resistant. All round a good cabbage to grow and eat.

I also sowed some calabrese seed. The variety is Calabrese Aquiles.

calabrese aquiles

The seed catalogue cannot make up its mind whether it is Broccoli or Calabrese. The seed catalogue says broccoli and the seed packet says calabrese. Anyway, they are the same plant. The only difference is whether it matures in summer (calabrese) or winter (broccoli). This seed was sowed much the same way as I sowed my cabbage.

As I have said before, I enjoy the process of sowing and pricking out. If you do not or if you do not have the time (or patience),all these seeds can be sown in rows 2 ft (60cm) apart. When they have grown and look crowded, they should be thinned out until they are 6ins (15cm) apart. Then just let them grow and harvest when ready.

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