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Growing Cabbage Successfully in Small Spaces

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Growing cabbage in small spaces isn’t hard to do.

If you want to try growing cabbage in your small spaces, we can help. That’s because we’ve grown lots of cabbages in small vegetable garden plots.

Growing cabbage in small spaces starts with the right cabbage plant

Traditional cabbage plants take up quite a bit of space.

But, many gardeners only have a small vegetable pot. But, when you choose hybrids developed for little gardens, you should have good luck with your cabbage patch.

And, our tried & true favorite is Pixie!

Renee’s Garden Seeds has supplied us with Pixie cabbage seed for free. And, we’re so glad they did. That’s because we now know that this is the best option for our small vegetable garden.

This is how we had luck growing Pixie successfully in our small plot…

  • February: We tested our soil. Then, we added lime and compost to our cabbage plot.
  • March: Then, we planted seeds in sterile seed starting mix under lights indoors at the beginning of the month. And, it took just under a week for the seedlings to germinate. Then, at the end of the month, we had potted the seedlings into a fertile growing mix in small pots. And, we moved them into the passive greenhouse.
  • April: By the middle of April, we planted the young starts into the garden about 10″ apart. And, we made sure to put them in full sun. And, we protected them with a layer of horticultural fleece. The fleece offered a bit of protection from hungry caterpillars. Moreover, fleece also protected the crop from really cold temperatures, spring hail, and the buckets of crow poop that falls from the power lines above the cabbage bed.
  • April & May: Every day or so, we checked the crop for cabbage butterfly and watering needs. That’s because even with protective fleece, those butterflies still managed to lay eggs. And, by mid-May, we side dressed the crop with a natural, organic complete fertilizer to give the plants a boost.
  • June:Continued to monitor for pests, and watered as the heads began to tighten up. And, began to harvest. In fact, each head yields about a pound of cabbage.
Trimmed Cabbage from a small garden bed

Beautiful, tightly formed one pound Pixie cabbage head, trimmed and ready to eat!

So, what are our take-aways after growing cabbage successfully in small spaces?

  • ‘Pixie’ does form small heads on relatively small plants. And, the plants can be planted about 10″-12″ apart. But, it’s best to harvest every other plant to give the others space to finish forming.
  • And, the seed packet suggested “60 days to harvest”. But appears it was more like “90 days to harvest” for us.
  • Most of the Pixie heads end up about 4″-6″ and round. But, some may be more”cow heart” shaped.

If you’re intent on growing cabbage in small spaces…

This is an easy-care plant that really doesn’t take up a lot of space. But, if you need more help with cabbage or other gardening issues, sign up now for more help from us!

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