NOTE: With most cole crops like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage some leaves will inevitably turn yellow for a number of reasons. These unhealthy leaves should be pinched back as far as possible to the stalk and discarded or thrown into the compost pile. Insects and pests like sowbugs, snails, and cabbage worms are creatures of opportunity. They can sense weakness in plants and are drawn to them. Good hygiene is important in the garden and goes a long way towards preventing insects and disease.
Cabbage: (55-100 days)
Cabbage plants are sold in pots like broccoli or in bunches.
Dusted liberally with Nature's Guide Diatomaceous Earth. Pay particular attention to the base of the plants where sow bugs and cut worms can hide. This will become more difficult but less necessary as the lower leaves grow and thicken. Watering between the rows will prevent soil splashing on the plants which can trap grit as they grow.
Lower leaves spread out and take up a lot of space. Keep a one inch layer of one of the Nature's Guide Composts around the base of the plants to hold in moisture. Supplement rainfall with plenty of water to encourage growth and heading.
Each plant produces one head of cabbage. To harvest pull away the lower leaves and cut close to the base with a strong sharp knife. Add the discarded leaves to the compost pile.