Originally Posted by superchemicalgirl
Ok, I'm confused about growing cabbage and celery and I need native Mainer's help.
Do you start these inside from seed? If so, when?
Any help is much appreciated. And buckabucka, I got my onions started today, thanks to you! " rel="http://files.backyardchickens.com/img/smilies/celebrate.gif">
Well, no native Mainer here, but I do grow a lot of stuff. I've only done celery once. I didn't pay much attention to it, and I still got celery, but it was kind of small and tough, and I really don't like celery all that much, so that was the only time.
If you do grow it, I would start it indoors in early March.
Cabbage can be direct seeded, but I never do that because the flea beetles devour it immediately. Sometimes I do early and late crops, in which case I start some around April 7, and some more about April 27. It will be big enough when you set it out (don't forget to harden it off) that the flea beetle damage doesn't kill the plant. I plant it outside around May 24, with little newspaper cut-worm collars.
I have a chart that I hang up on my refrigerator every February that has a weekly breakdown of everything that needs to be started. After the onions and leeks, there is nothing (except celery on March 8) until March 22, when I will start hot peppers and eggplant. Regular peppers seem to grow faster and I wait another week to start them.