Harvested the last of the cabbage from the garden.
Cabbage can take a light frost, but when the teens are predicted you had better bring it in.
Cabbage can be harvested in the spring, summer and fall. The early or short day cabbages are harvested as soon as the heads are full and firm around 60 days after transplanting. Mid season cabbages are harvested 70 to 90 days after harvesting. My preferred cabbage to grow is the Late Flat Dutch. This cabbage takes an entire growing season to mature, however the heads will produce over 20 pounds of cabbage each. I plant all three varieties (early, mid, and late) and begin harvesting
in early summer.
|new growth of smaller cabbages on the parent plant after harvesting the main head|
this plant produced 6 additional heads. Each head was about 6 inches in diameter.
The main head of this cabbage (early Dutch) was harvested in the early summer. Cutting the cabbage head off just under the base and leaving the root and several bottom leaves in tack allows small new heads to develop on the leaf nodes. This particular cabbage grew and additional 6 heads.
The second growth heads are much smaller than the initial head. This method allows you to harvest cabbage throughout the season until winter frost kills the plant.
If you wish to store cabbage for use during the winter, uproot the whole plant (single original head) with as many roots intact as possible and hang it up in a root cellar or cold basement. The heads will keep this way for several months. If you have room in your fridge, you can store them in a plastic bag on the bottom shelf, they will keep for several months. Check often for mold.
This is a picture of second growth cabbage from a harvested plant. They are small and tender.
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