Overwintering cabbage (PSB), more properly "soft" cabbage, is a special treat for mild to moderate winter weather in areas where it is cold from early spring through late fall. In these colder months, cabbage is at its busiest. Cabbage is the first to go dormant. It can last a month or longer without respiration. For many people this means that they will have fresh cabbage available to enjoy long before it hits the dinner table. The crunchy, satisfying taste of cabbage during these colder months gives comfort to those that are trying to eat a less-nutritious diet.
Cabbage is an excellent choice for planting in spring due to its high water requirements. If you are planting in the southern states where it gets cold from April to early June, there is no need to worry about the cold months freezing the roots as the leaves will remain green and turn brown slightly as the plant attains the first signs of leaf color. In the eastern United States, the most extreme conditions tend to freeze the plants out entirely. If you plant cabbage during the cold months, be sure to cover it during the frost period.
When you begin planting your seeds in the spring, you need to make sure that they have been prepared for the winter. You can soften the seeds by soaking them overnight in warm water. Remove any sprigs of dirt or debris from the seeds. Any leaves or stems that you don't want to discard can be finely shredded. Your seedlings need to be kept in a dark place and covered until the moisture from the sun has evaporated.
To ensure proper growth and flower development, you should follow the directions for sowing psb with peas or beans. The seedlings should be planted in rows, six to eight feet apart. In the southern states, the plants can be planted in the full sun, but if you live in an area that has southern winds, then you might want to consider using a greenhouse to keep the plants indoors when the sun isn't out. This will allow you to control the amount of light the plants get. You should plan to cover the plants during their growing season, but you can lightly mist the foliage to encourage healthy growth.
There are three different preparations for PSB that you can use when you are planting cabbage white. The seeds can be sown in either seeds or plugs. If you are planning to save money and get rid of the husk, then you should save the seeds. The plugs are best saved for the springtime so that they can be planted at their earliest possible stage. Be sure to plant all of your seeds on peat moss so that the soil is damp and the roots have room to grow.
When you are ready to plant your seeds, you should know that each variety will take up to four months for them to begin growing. During this time period, you should water the plants every couple days to promote new growth. You should also fertilize your soil with compost and leave it slightly moist until the soil has established itself. If you are growing the purple sprouting cabbage in pots, you should place the seeds on top of a thin paper bag. This allows air to circulate and the PSB to have a chance to sprout new leaves.
Each variety of purple sprouting broccoli comes with its own requirements for a successful planting. The calabrese broccoli varieties need to be watered only once per week while the red cabbage varieties need to be watered daily. If you are growing the red cabbage in pots, then you should place the container's soil inside of the potting mix and add a little bit of fertilizer. When you are ready to plant the vegetables, you should pull the seeds from the bottom of the pots and lay the plants on peat moss. Allow them to sit until they harden and then you can put them in the sun.
The purple sprouting cabbage comes in a few different varieties. Each has their own name because of the different colors that they come in. There are several people who like to grow purple sprouting broccoli because they produce an unbelievable amount of fresh leaves that are full of vibrant, healthy energy. However, this vegetable is best enjoyed when it is steamed or eaten as is. When you cook it, make sure that you shred the leaves thoroughly before adding them to any recipes.