A new Attraction

I love growing cabbage. I think it’s the satisfaction of seeing such big, strong, proud standing plants standing tall at the end of summer. I have cabbage envy at the allotment. Some of my neighbours are excellent at growing cabbages. On some plots there are rows of them, with wide green leaves – almost petal like – surrounding large cabbage heads the size of beech balls. Maybe 50 strong to a plot, no sign of slug or snail damage, and most impressively of all not a weed in sight. The cabbages stand there through Autumn without change despite the onset of cold weather, almost like an exhibition put on by the plot holders. If I wanted to grow (and eat) so many cabbages myself I think I’d also like to exhibit them this way, removing all weeds, and leave them untouched to draw the admiring looks of other growers.

My cabbage plot is significantly smaller. I love cabbage and my family like cabbage, the difference means that we eat it occasionally. To be frank I love growing fruit more, and each year I dedicate more and more precious allotment space to gooseberries or currants. I’ve never had too much fruit, and if I did I would make wine – indeed this is my plan. Surplus cabbage on the other hand simply goes to my neighbours chickens as a treat.

But this year at my allotment there is a new Attraction, shown in the picture below. I’ve changed variety this year away from January King. The local garden centre decided this for me through not stocking it, but I was also seduced by the packet claiming that Attraction has “an excellent internal structure that gives the tastiest white coleslaw ever”. But even more appealing was that it can produce large heads of “up to 3kg”. And that’s the thrill – a variety that I hope will help me emulate, or at least approach, the admirable specimens I see growing all around my plot.


See my guide to growing cabbage here: