cabbage 'Red Drumhead'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well drained, moisture-retentive and firm
This is among the most reliable of red cabbages to grow, producing generous-sized round heads with minimum fuss every time. A good-looking cabbage with deep burgundy-purple leaves tightly-wrapped around the solid central heart and few outer leaves to be wasted. The flavour is rich and hearty: braise slowly with apples and raisins for a sublime winter warmer. Red cabbage will also keep for months shredded finely and pickled in wine vinegar with a little pepper and ginger added. A Heritage variety introduced in the 1860's
- Growing Instructions:Early sowings can be made into pots or seed trays under cover: pot on as the seedlings grow. Or sow later in spring into shallow drills in a well-prepared seedbed, thinning seedlings to 5cm apart. When plants each 15cm tall transplant to where they are to grow, spacing about 45cm apart and firming in well. Protect from slugs and net against pigeons.
- Sow: March-April and July
- Harvest: Spring sowings: early August; summer sowings: October
- Approximate quantity: 500 seeds.
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 10/4/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 10/5/2006 by Crocus
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