National Day of . . . Cabbage

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Today is the day of the cabbage.  What that means in this social media world is just a hashtag #NationalCabbageDay.  There is very little evidence of any other activity.

The cabbage however deserves more than a quickly forgotten or ignored marker in the internet cloud.  Last year, completely unexpectedly, the Greyhound Cabbage was a prized jewel in our allotment.  Even though we were on constant watch for Cabbage Whitefly or Cabbage Root Fly we were able to harvest a few heads and produce some fantastic meals.

Encouraged by last year’s success we are trying Minicole (Autumn), Savoy (Winter) and Red Jewel (Summer / Autumn).  We will see how we go – we may buy more to ensure a year round supply but lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Therefore, the battle with the various flies will be hard fought but if last year is anything to go by the reward will be great.

Therefore cabbages deserve much more than an empty gesture from some marketing department and you should consider them for your plot all year round.

How To Grow

RHS advice on Cabbages

BBC Gardening Advice – Cabbages and Brassicas

Gardeners World – Summer Cabbages (Video)

Quickcrop Advice on Cabbages (Video)

Essential Kit

Brassica Collars

Recipes

The Guardian’s 10 best Cabbage recipes

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Cabbage Recipes

BBC Food – Cabbages

Abel & Cole Cabbage Recipes

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