Cabbage (Brassica oleracea or variants) is a leafy green biennial plant, grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads. Closely related to other cole crops, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts, it descends from B. oleracea var. oleracea, a wild field cabbage.
Cabbage heads generally range from 1 to 8 pounds (0.5 to 4 kg), and can be green, purple and white. Smooth-leafed firm-headed green cabbages are the most common, with smooth-leafed red and crinkle-leafed savoy cabbages of both colors seen more rarely. This cool-season crop grows best when daytime temperatures are in the 60s F.
- An excellent pickling variety, it will also add colour and interest to salads and coleslaw. Solid heads with few outer leaves, Ruby Ball has everything to recommend it. Cabbages like a well cultivated soil
- Sow in seed beds or direct where they are to grow, 6mm (quarter-inch) deep and about 60cm (2ft) apart. Keep soil moist