Cabbage - Perfection Savoy

Avg seeds/pkt 90

Perfection Savoy cabbage is one my favorites so I start them indoors in March for an early Summer harvest, then start some outdoors in June for an October harvest. Savoy’s color and texture can be used to good effect in the landscape. And, when sliced into half-inch ribbons and lightly steamed, it makes a special “pasta” which holds an alfredo sauce in its crinkles. You heard it here first!

Sow indoors 6 weeks before your average last frost, or outside when soil can be worked in Spring and again before the first week in July. Prepare soil with compost and a balanced, natural fertilizer. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep, every 4 inches and keep moist. Plants emerge in 4 to 8 days.

After 3 weeks, thin or transplant 1 plant per foot. Three weeks later, thin to 24-36 inches apart (depending on desired size), and feed with a balanced natural fertilizer such as 4-4-4 every couple of weeks. Cabbages need at least 1-1/2 inches of water each week, preferably early in the day. I usually mulch cabbage with clean hay rather than straw because I find few-to-no slugs on the leaves.

Perfection Savoy matures in 80 days. Harvest when the heads feel dense and full. A hard frost or light snow will sweeten the leaves even more.

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