Seeds saving: intermediate
Sow: mid summer early winter
Purple Savoy Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. Sabauda)
Purple Savoy Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. Sabauda): heirloom variety of autumn and winter cabbage, particularly rustic and vigorous, easy to grow. It tolerates cold very well. As a winter variety, it does not do well in droughts, or excessive heat, so it is better to saw it on time for the harvest to be carried out when temperatures start increasing. The plant grows slowly, it will take about 35 days from sowing to harvesting. The harvesting period varies from four to five months, depending on the desired size and temperatures.
As far as the planting space, it should be considered 70 cm between the rows and at least 50cm between the plants. It does not require particular fertilization. It is a good idea to keep the soil worked in order to avoid water stagnation (it does not do well in humidity). Cabbage is particularly appealing for snails and aphids, fortunately none of these are active with low temperatures.
For sowing, wait for small pods to appear and turn brown, collect them and put them to dry in a well-aired, shaded place and store them away from humidity for the next season. This way, every year you will have selected plants that are increasingly suitable for your particular soil, climate and cultivation method.
Cabbage has important nutritional qualities, like almost all brassicaceae, it will be enough to do a little research to find hundreds of recipes.