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By Masie

United Kingdom Gb

Hello again! Can anyone tell me is it o.k. to start eating the early leaves of a sweetheart cabbage before the heart has developed. (they look so nice and not yet damaged by caterpillars) look forward to your replies. thanks, masie.



Masie if you eat all the outside leaves you are going to challenge the plant... You could pick a leaf or two from each plant but they need some leaves to keep feeding the root.

12 Jul, 2011


Yes, Cabbage needs good, big rosettes when they start to head up, or you don't get decent sized heads. Next year, try scattering some extra seeds with your lettuces to pick early for salads.

12 Jul, 2011


plus if you take them of the smaller leaves will have to do there job for them and stress the plant unless you eat a whole one at a time as it would be lovley and sweet being young .

13 Jul, 2011


your more than welcome masie x .

14 Jul, 2011

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