Cabbage (Fall) Growing Guide


Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in prior to planting.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes. Tolerates moderate frost, but damaged by hard freezes.


Drench every two weeks with an organic liquid fertilizer.


Marigold, Nasturtium, Tomato, Celery, Catnip, Rosemary, Sage and Mint.


Single Plants: 2′ 9″ (85cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 2′ 7″ (80cm) with 2′ 11″ (90cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in summer for harvesting in the fall.


Try growing different varieties from seed to explore differences in leaf color (such as red cabbage) and head shape. Late-maturing fall cabbage varieties are great for cool storage or making into kraut.


Wait until a few light frosts have passed to harvest, because cool weather enhances the sweet flavor of cabbage.


Heavy summer rains following dry weather can cause heads to split. Watch for green imported cabbageworms, the larvae of the cabbage white butterfly. Exclude the adults with row covers.

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