I wrote the following about cabbage at the forum. I also want a copy in the blog section of my profile.
On my list of veggies to look up is turnip, bean (pole), celery, mesclun and garlic. I've been preparing half the planter for couple days. It will be ready in a day or so for new veggies. As of today my Italian parsley is in ground with its companion veggie (tomatoe) the roma tomatoe plants I've had for a while.
i'm no expert so verify all this information before you do anything with your seeds. :)
I read a lot about cabbage today! Pretty neat when you dig real deep into this gardening thing. I know I'm making this bigger than it is but the research part of gardening is fun for me too.
A lot of my information is from my Rodale’s complete Guide to Organic Gardening book. Believe it or not I’ve had the book for a long time but this is the first time I did more than just skim through it!
Here is the information I’ve collected
Cabbage Cool season vegetable Plant in full sun P.H. 6.0 & 6.8
For spring planting - cabbage likes lighter sandier soil For fall planting - cabbage likes clay soil
Weather Temps for cabbage = 40 and 70 degrees It has shallow roots NO fluctuation of soil moisture after head have formed - or else, you'll get a split heads! No overhead sprinklers
Do not plant In same area (or area where veggies have been for past 3 years) as broccoli, wild mustard, cauliflower, brussels sprouts or kale.
Celery is my choice of a companion plant (once I know more about it of course). companion plant to keep flea beetles away is Tomato.
Insects = Cabbage Looper Control = handpick larvae, use garlic oil or attract wasps
Cabbage Maggot Control = Row Covers or plant seedlings in slit of tar paper (this keeps flies from laying eggs near the roots). You can also use sticky board trap or Water trap (Bright yellow pan with water & some dish soap). I’m not going to use sticky board or water trap because I don’t want bees and wasps to get trapped.
According to package instructions I should “start seed indoors, 6 to 8 weeks before frost“ & frost date I was going by is October 27. According to this site http://www.idcide.com/weather/ ca/acton.htm normal temps of 70-40s is from late September to December.
So I think the best time to sow seeds indoor would be beginning of next week then I can transfer seedling into ground when the temps are right!
PS. I also read we should soak the seeds in 122F deg. for 25 minutes but you may "damage seed viability" by doing this. Soaking starts the germination so you'll have to sow once you take the seeds out of the water.