Because I like cabbages, I enjoyed this article.
Obviously, Florida doesn’t have the perfect climate for cabbages… but they do grow here. When I was in Frostproof a few years back, the Mexican migrant workers were planting them between the orange trees near my Aunt and Uncle’s neighborhood.
Talk about incongruous.
I've grown (and continue to grow this winter) beautiful cabbages here in central Florida. Mild in flavor, but really healthy, large heads. It's one of the easier winter veggies for me as I hardly ever have any issues with them. . . even with our warm winter this year.
That's excellent. I've got a few out back right now that are looking good. I haven't tried the really large heirloom types yet – ever grow those?
(One year I planted "cabbage seed," only to have tons of brassicas grow that never formed heads. My bet is that the seed company had put collard seeds in the package, not cabbage. We ate lots of collards that year.)
I have a cauliflower growing as an experiment, and it's doing very well. the books told me I would have to do all sorts of things to it, but I've just let it alone, and harvested leaves for salad here and there. Any other tips?
If it's deep green and healthy, no, you don't have to do much. Is it forming a head yet? Don't take too many leaves or it may not have the strength stored up to form a solid one.
Sometimes people tie back the leaves over the head when it appears to keep it snowy white, but we never bother doing that. They're grown pretty easily (provided it's not too hot.) Check out my post on broccoli here… that's basically the same plant.