Exposure: Full sun Hardiness: Fully Hardy Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Height: 40cm (20in) Spread: 20-25cm (8-10in)
Time to sow seeds: February to May
Time to Harvest:64 days. June to September
Golden Acre is an excellent early summer variety ball head cabbage. With small to medium-sized green, round solid heads on compact plants with few outer leaves.
Ideal for confined areas, it can be grown at 30cm spacings and give excellent small heads of first rate quality and flavour.
The heads are tightly folded, solid, 12 to 18cm (5 to 7 in) in diameter, round, grey-green in colour and weigh three to five pounds.
Matures in 64 days. It is not a long standing variety but is Yellows resistant
Golden Acre is an old heirloom variety, earliest references are in 1927 seed catalogues where they say…
“A first early type This Danish variety is highly praised by all who have grown it.”
In 1950 it is … “The most popular variety for home and garden planting.”
Prepare the site:
All brassica crops grow best in partial-shade, in firm, fertile, free-draining soil. Start digging over your soil as soon as you can brave the elements. Remove any stones you find and work in plenty of well-rotted manure or compost. Tread on the soil to remove air pockets and to make the surface firm. Brassicas will fail if the soil is too acidic; add lime if necessary, pH of 6.5-7.5.
Nearly all brassicas should be planted in a seedbed or in modules under glass and then transferred. Seeds should be sown thinly, as this reduces the amount of future thinning necessary and potential risk from pests.
Sow seeds 1.25cm ( ½ “) deep and space 15-20cm (6-8”) between rows.
Once the seeds have germinated, thin the seedlings to 7.5cm (3in) between each plant. After germination, seedlings will often be ‘leggy’, so plant them as deep as possible to really anchor them into the soil.
Cabbage seedlings are ready for transplanting when they are between 6 and 8cm high (2 ½ -3in). Water the day before moving, and keep well-watered until established. Plant firmly, close together for small heads and wider apart for larger cabbages, around 30-45cm (12 to 18””) apart.
Clear away any yellow leaves. Feed the plants as they near maturity with a foliar feed.
Harvest:June to September
For a second crop of miniature cabbages, cut the first cabbage cleanly and cut a cross in the top of the stump left behind, secondary growth will appear.
Brassicas are affected by a wide range of pests and diseases, especially the fungal disease, club root. The roots become stubby and swollen and can develop wet rot, while leaves become yellow and wilt, causing severe stunting of growth. Remove any infected plants from the ground and destroy. Make sure the soil is adequately limed and well drained.
Rotate your crops annually to avoid disease. Don't grow brassicas on the same plot more often than one year in three, as moving the crop helps avoid the build up of soil pests and diseases
Mint:Effective against Cabbage White Butterflies, Aphids & Flea Beetles
Thyme:To ward off that nasty Cabbage Worm!
Also useful: Sage, Oregano, Borage, Chamomile and Nasturtium.
We hold a full range of Cabbage seeds and other vegetable seeds in stock.
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