I’ve been growing cabbage for quite a few years now. Each year I learn a new tip to get the cabbage to grow bigger. When I first started growing cabbage, the plants were pathetic and usually got eaten by cabbage worms.
My first cabbage crop was a sad sight. The cabbage grew to a small size and then the moths started to be attracted to them. Someone suggested using pieces of nylon stockings wrapped around each cabbage head to keep the moths off. I wrapped each cabbage head with the nylon stockings. What a sight! The cabbage didn’t grow at all that year. Some how the moths got under the nylon stockings and ruined the cabbage crop.
After trying nylon stockings with no luck, I tried some different methods to keeping those moths off my cabbage plants.
- I switched to a homemade cabbage powder:
½ cup salt mixed in 1 cup flour. Mix together and sprinkle on plants in the morning.
- Netting barriers over the plants.
I’ve ditched the nylon stocking idea and have tried some other suggestions. Along with store bought netting, I’ve used old sheer curtains on a row of plants. The sheer curtain material lets the sun in on the plants and also keeps bugs out.
- Dust leaves with cornmeal – the caterpillars with eat the cornmeal, swell up and die.
- Pepper flake spray:
Bring one gallon of water and 3 tablespoon crushed pepper flakes to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let sit overnight. Transfer to spray bottle. Spray on the top and underside of the plants.
Using these tips over the past few years, I’ve managed to grow fairly good cabbage plants. We’ve eaten fresh cabbage, used the leaves for cabbage rolls and started making our own sauerkraut.
I wanted a picture of our cabbage plants from this year in this post, but unfortunately I have no cabbage plants. My wonderful husband decided to weed the garden one day. Clearly he’s not sure what’s a weed or a cabbage plant.
Oh well, there’s always next year to grow a good cabbage crop. For this year we’ll be going to the farmer’s market.