How To Sow Spring Cabbage Seed

How To Sow Spring Cabbage Seed

Sow cabbage April in autumn for tasty vegetables in early spring

We are sowing April one of the most reliable spring cabbages as it is fairly resistant to bolting. It has small pointed hearts so is ideal for small spaces. If you grow them close together you can harvest them as spring greens. They need sowing in late summer.


 You will need:

•    seed
•    seed compost + Perlite
•    seed tray
•    sieve
•    label
•    tray to hold water

Fill the tray with good quality peat-free seed compost mixed 50/50 with Perlite; this opens up the structure of the compost allowing it to drain better and not form a hard crust on the top. Knock the tray on the bench to settle the compost.

  • Sow the seed thinly on the surface.
  • Cover with a thin layer of sieved compost and label.
  • Stand the tray in the tray of water for 10 – 15 minutes until the compost is damp.
  • Place somewhere cool until germinated.
  • Once the seedlings have formed 2 pairs of leaves prick out into individual pots then plant in the vegetable beds once the summer vegetables have finished.

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Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.