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Cabbage Brassica oleracea Capitata Group

Always a reliable standby, cabbages grown in the garden are often tastier than those bought in the shops. Do not over-fertilise or growth will be soft and attractive to pests. Sow direct 7cm apart; or in modules and transplant to 30cm apart when they have five or six true leaves. To save seeds, grow only one Brassica oleracea into its second year and allow plenty of plants (at least sixteen) to mature.

Delaway

This is an Irish variety grown and saved for the past 60 years by a Mayo farmer. It is a dark green, spring cabbage, best sown in August and distinctly kale-like, but retains its cabbage flavour. Pick by the leaf and it will re-grow like spinach. Attractive, hardy and disease resistant, it is very tender picked young and is productive over a long period of time.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Southampton Wonder

This cabbage was originally donated to HSL by Horticulture Research International (HRI), Wellesborne, now part of Warwick University. It is a large, drumhead variety weighing in at around 2.5kg in ideal conditions. The flavour of the white inner leaves is excellent when eaten raw.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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