One of my favorite vegetables to consider for the winter garden is Brassica oleracea ‘Ruby Perfection’ Cabbage. When it opens to it’s full gorgeousness it is like looking at a giant purple rose. So beautiful! Cabbage is best grown as a cool weather crop in rich organic soil that is well drained. Once temperatures exceed 80 degrees F the plants do poorly, so having a cooler growing season – in the fall or early spring – is beneficial for the plants. Planting as a winter crop to harvest in spring means you should sow the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost date or you could sow the seeds outdoors around 4 weeks prior to the last frost date.
Watch the video above to learn how to plant and grow this delicious and pretty ornamental edible vegetable. Rotate your cabbage crops annually as cabbage is stressful to soil and needs replenishing. If you cannot see the video above, go to this LINK for YouTube viewing. Meanwhile, Brassica oleracea ‘Ruby Perfection’ Cabbage is a must have for the cool season garden and is easy to grow and maintain.