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Brassica oleracea var. capitata
From coleslaw to sauerkraut, cabbage has clout. A member of the same family that brings you broccoli and Brussels sprouts, cabbage is packed with vitamins K and C, and it's inexpensive to boot. So cash in on the crunch!
Hardiness: Grown as a hardy annual.
Planting advice: Plant seedlings 12 to 24 inches apart in rows spaced 24 to 32 inches apart. Sow seeds about 1/2 inch deep, and thin seedlings to one every 12 inches. Extend your harvest by planting varieties that mature at different times.
Harvest tips: Pick the heads after they're firm and fully formed, and before they crack open. If you leave outer leaves intact, smaller heads may form for a later harvest.
Recommendations: Cheers and Early Jersey Wakefield (green), Savoy King (crinkly leaves, heat-tolerant), Red Meteor and Ruby Ball (red).
Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"