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Companion planting is one of the very best ways to keep cabbage plants healthy and free from insect pests such cabbage loopers, cabbage root maggots, slugs, flea beetles, diamondback moths, and aphids. Cabbage is easy to grow in the homestead garden if you select varieties suitable to your United States Plant Hardiness Zone, enhance the soil, and control insects and disease.
In this post, I’ll tell you which companion plants grow best with cabbage. I’ll also tell you about some of my favorite varieties of cabbage, cabbage-growing tips, and share my favorite cabbage recipe.Kat Sommers/FlickrManage Cabbage Plant Pests With Companion PlantingThese plants are good neighbors for cabbage:
- Aromatic herbs: Chamomile, hyssop, thyme, rosemary, dill, peppermint, spearmint, sage, oregano
- Garden edging: Yarrow, marigolds
- Root vegetables: Onions, beets, celery
Sage and rosemary are also especially effective for deterring cabbage moths. Chamomile enhances cabbage’s flavor with sulfur, potassium, and calcium. Not only do these culinary herbs repel insect invaders, but they add a lovely scent to the garden. Planting pungent culinary herbs between cabbage rows helps control weeds, repels insects, and enhances cabbage flavor.
Plant a few clumps of Yarrow (Achiliea Milliefolium) around the perimeter of the garden. Yarrow is a super companion plant. It improves poor soil and the vitality of neighboring plants. Yarrow also repels unwanted insects and is a beneficial addition to the compost pile.
Marigolds (Calendula) planted around the base of cabbage plants is an effective companion planting trick. Marigolds are an attractive garden edging, and they’re most effective in repelling pests, such as aphids and cabbage moths, that love to feed on tender, young cabbage. Onions, beets, and celery are also helpful companion plants for cabbage. They enhance the flavor of cabbage plants and repelling insects that can spoil the crop.These Plants Are Bad Neighbors For Cabbage:
- Mustard plants
- Pole beans
The cabbage family is divided into two groups: hard-heading and loose heading. Most varieties of cabbage exhibit a firm round head, while others have a flattened or pointed head. There are many different types of cabbage in various shades of white, green, purple, and red, all of which are flavorful and fine sources of vitamins and fiber.Savoy Cabbage
The majority of cabbage varieties have smooth, firm leaves. However, the Savoy types like Savoy Queen and Savoy King have leaves with a crinkly texture and contain higher amounts of iron. Napa cabbage is pale green and grows an elongated head and delicately crinkled leaves.Asian Cabbage
Asian cabbage varieties include Bok Choy, China Express, Joi Choi, China Flash, Monument, and Mei Qing Choy.Ornamental Cabbage
Colorful ornamental cabbage, which you can also use as an edging plant in flowerbeds, is also edible.Ruby Cabbage
Ruby Ball, Ruby Perfection, Red Acre, Regal Red, and Red Meteor are red or purple cabbage choices. Red or purple cabbage is a colorful addition to slaws and salads and is excellent pickled.Candice Stone/FlickrPick The Right Cabbage For Every Season
Before you plant your cabbage, consider when you want it to harvest it. Some varieties need to be planted during certain times of the year. When started from seed, cabbage will be ready for harvest in 90-100 days. If you start your plants from transplants you have grown indoors or purchased from a gardening supply store, cabbage is will be ready for harvest 70-90 days after you put it in the ground.
Both early-maturing and late-maturing types of cabbage are available. Cabbage can be planted throughout the spring and summer growing seasons. Avoid planting late-maturing varieties towards the end of summer.
Early varieties grow fast to early maturity and small size of 1-3 pounds per head. Market Prize, Rio Verde, and Marion Market are easy to grow early varieties for the homestead garden. Other popular early varieties include Primax, Parel, Dynarno, Tendersweet, Fargo, and Capricorn.
Mid-season varieties mature later and should be well established before the hot days of midsummer. King Cole consistently produces uniform, firm heads. Early Jersey Wakefield matures early and resists splitting.
Late season varieties produce large heads that weigh 4-8 pounds each. Late fall and winter varieties include Ballhead, Blue Thunder, Danish, and Charmant. Cheers is another variety that does well in most United States Plant Hardiness Zones and is resistant to black rot. These plants will develop a main head in the cooler weather of fall.Cabbage Cultivation TipsCabbage plants are heavy feeders.
They benefit from an abundance of decomposed organic material, so the best environment for cabbage includes nutrient-rich soil. Fertilize your cabbage regularly with garden compost or well-aged herbivore manure.Cabbage requires an abundance of moisture
Cabbage plants require an inch of water per week to develop firm, solid heads. However, don’t drown your cabbage. Make sure their beds drain well.
The ideal pH level for cultivating cabbage is 6.5 or less.
Before you plant, rake the garden bed to break up dirt clods and remove roots and debris. Level the soil and firm it down before planting.Planting Depth And Spacing
Cabbage may be transplanted or seeded directly into the garden after all danger of frost is past. Cabbage started from seed germinates in 7-10 days. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Be sure to plant early enough in the season that cabbage heads mature before the intense heat of mid-summer, unless you’re planting a late-season varietal.
Plant cabbage seeds approximately 1/2″ deep. When planted shallow, plants tend to be leggy and do not develop properly. Cabbage requires room to grow. As seedlings grow, thin them to create plenty of space around each cabbage plant. When transplanting, space plants 18-24 inches apart, depending on the variety. If you plant several rows of cabbage, space each row 36 inches apart from its nearest neighbor.
If planted too close together, cabbage heads will not develop properly. The closer the spacing, the smaller the heads. If you are planting several rows of cabbage, consider covering them with floating row covers to control pests such as cabbage maggots and flea beetles. When selecting a location to plant cabbage, ensure that the site has excellent drainage. If it’s planted in garden areas that tend to be waterlogged or soggy, cabbage is prone to root rot.
Cabbage plants have shallow, delicate root systems. Cultivate lightly around the base of the plants to control weeds. Add mulch to retain soil moisture and help control week regrowth.
Keep in mind that crop rotation is crucial when it comes to successfully growing cabbage. As I mentioned earlier, they’re heavy eaters, and will damage soil by absorbing potassium and nitrogen if planted in the same spot for consecutive crops. Rotate cabbage with non-brassica plants for a minimum of three years before replanting again in the same garden spot.Harvesting Cabbage
Harvest cabbage when the head reaches an acceptable size. Cabbage heads harvested before they’re ready can split. To savor the flavor of cabbage at its peak, eat it soon after pickling. However, if it’s properly stored at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 95 percent humidity, cabbage holds its flavor for up to 6 months. The crisper drawer in the refrigerator is ideal. You can also store cabbage in a cool-temperature root cellar. Do not store cabbage with fruits and vegetables that are active ethylene generators.
Harvest mature cabbage heads planted in the spring and reap a second harvest later of small heads or sprouts. Sprouts develop on the mature stump of cut stems. Cut off the main cabbage head as close to the lower surface of the head as possible, and leave the loose outer cabbage leaves in place.
Sprouts will form in the axils of the leaves and the stem. Sprouts grow to 3-4 inches in diameter. Pick them when they are firm. You’ll be glad you grew cabbage sprouts: some chefs claim that the sprouts have a sweeter and more intense flavor than the main head.
After harvesting sprouts, remove their stumps from the ground. They can become a breeding ground for unwanted insect pests.Best Ever Cooked Cabbage RecipeIngredients
- One large head of cabbage
- Four tablespoons butter
- One teaspoon coarse sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Two cups apple juice
- Two tablespoons freshly minced parsley
- Cut cabbage into quarters, removing the tough stem. Chop each quarter into ½” strips.
- In a large pot, add butter, sea salt, pepper, & chopped cabbage.
- Add apple juice and toss.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Cover and reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for 8-to-12 minutes, stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender.
Avoid overcooking. Drain excess liquid. Serve with a dab of butter and minced parsley: enjoy. The recipe makes four flavorful servings. It’s a tasty side dish for pork.Sources
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What does a review of the evidence on the effects of coconut oil on weight loss and belly fat find?
I begin my video Flashback Friday: Coconut Oil and Abdominal Fat with a popular infographic that surprised me by showing that, evidently, there is promising evidence that coconut oil could help with obesity. Well, if you fill the stomachs of rats with purified medium-chain fatty acids, one component of coconut oil, they end up eating less food, as you can see at 0:25 in my video, but you don’t know if there’s any relevance to humans until you put it to the test.
Researchers compared breakfasts with the same amount of dairy fat, coconut oil fat, or tallow (beef fat), and there was no effect on hunger, fullness, satisfaction, or how much the subjects then went on to eat at lunchtime. Where did this idea that coconut fat is somehow different from other kinds of fat come from? Six years ago, an open-label pilot study was published. Researchers asked 20 men and women to eat two tablespoons of coconut oil each day for a month. As you can see at 1:03 in my video, the men appeared to lose about an inch off their waist. But, since it was an open-label study, the participants knew what they were eating. There wasn’t a placebo control. In fact, there was no control group at all. Because of that, we can’t know if the effects would have happened anyway, even without the coconut oil. Indeed, there is a well-recognized effect in dietary studies where just being in a dietary study under observation tends to lead to a reduction in caloric intake, because the subjects know they’re going to be weighed and observed.
We finally got a controlled study of coconut oil and waistlines in men and women in 2015. About a hundred men and women were given about a tablespoon of coconut oil a day for three months and, as you can see at 1:51 in my video, lost nearly an inch off their waist compared to control by the end of the study. What did the control group get instead of coconut oil? Nothing. There was no placebo, so the researchers compared doing something with doing nothing. When one does that, however, there is often a placebo effect regardless of the true efficacy of the treatment. What’s more, the researchers suggested that the coconut oil group may want to take their daily dose with fruit. If the subjects did end up eating more fruit, that in itself may have helped with weight reduction because, despite its sugar content, fruit consumption tends to be associated with “anti-obesity effects.”
What we need to determine if coconut oil has some type of special effect is to give people a spoonful of coconut oil versus a spoonful of another oil and see if there’s any difference. When researchers did just that—giving subjects either two daily tablespoons of coconut oil or soybean oil—there was no significant difference in waistlines. But, the coconut oil group got a significant increase in insulin resistance, which is what eventually causes type 2 diabetes, and this was despite receiving instruction to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and cut down on sugars and animal fat, and engaging in an exercise program of walking 50 minutes a day, four days a week.
The only other placebo-controlled study of coconut oil and waistlines was published in 2017, and, as you can see at 3:18 in my video, the researchers found no significant changes in weight, waist or hip measurements, total fat, belly fat, or butt fat. No benefit to coconut oil for obesity over placebo has been found in any study to date. How then can coconut oil proponents get away with saying otherwise? They like to talk about studies such as the one showing that Pacific Islanders who ate more traditional coconut-based diets are slimmer than those eating more modern diets with fewer coconut products. Okay, but what were those on the “modern dietary pattern” eating instead? “The modern dietary pattern [was] primarily characterized by high intake of sausage and eggs, and processed foods…”
- When researchers compared morning meals with equal amounts of fat from dairy, coconut oil, and tallow (beef), no effect was found on hunger, fullness, satisfaction, or the amount then eaten during lunch.
- The idea that coconut fat is unique to other fats appears to have come from an open-label study without a placebo or any control group at all, and, since the subjects knew what they were eating, we cannot know what effect, if any, the coconut fat may have.
- A controlled study of coconut oil and waistlines was also unsatisfying in that the control group didn’t get a placebo, so the researchers compared doing something to doing nothing, which can result in a placebo effect. Additionally, those in the coconut oil group were told they may take their daily dose with fruit, and increased fruit intake may itself help with weight reduction.
- Finally, a study was conducted in which subjects were given two daily tablespoons of either coconut oil or soybean oil, and no significant difference in waistlines was found. The coconut oil group did, however, get significant increases in insulin resistance, which may cause type 2 diabetes.
- To date, no benefit to coconut oil for obesity over placebo has been found.
Have you heard there is something special about those medium–chain fatty acids? Check out What About Coconuts, Coconut Milk, and Coconut Oil MCTs? for more.
And a bump in good cholesterol? I’ve got a video on that too. See Coconut Oil and the Boost in HDL “Good” Cholesterol.
My other videos on coconut oil include:
- Does Coconut Oil Cure Alzheimer’s?
- Does Coconut Oil Clog Arteries?
- Eczema Treatment with Coconut Oil, Mineral Oil, vs. Vaseline
Michael Greger, M.D.
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- 2019: Evidence-Based Weight Loss
- 2016: How Not To Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers
- 2015: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet
- 2014: From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food
- 2013: More Than an Apple a Day
- 2012: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
Your garage can be one of the unique spaces in your home. Most commonly, a garage provides you a secure place to park your vehicle and acts as a catch-all for tools and yard equipment, but there is a wide range of possibilities to improve your garage and maximize use of this space.Why Build a Garage When You Could Buy One?
Organizing and modifying the space your garage provides can transform it to an enjoyable and productive workspace. Whether you’re adding a garage to your home or finding ways to better utilize the garage you already have, the costs of hiring builders can be expensive.
DIY garage renovations are an affordable alternative to building a garage. Doing it yourself also means you’ll be able to make it exactly how you like it, plus you’ll feel a sense of pride every time you see the finished product. Ready to get started? Below you’ll find 15 free DIY garage plans in various projects, price points, and styles.Important Details to Consider When Building a Garage
Before you begin, it’s essential to plan some of the details that affect which projects will be the right fit for your garage.Garage Size
Think about the size of garage you have or want to build. Knowing this will determine the kind of plan that will be right for your home or workspace.
- Do you have a 1 or 2-car garage? Or larger?
- Is there room vertically to introduce tall cabinets with a step stool for extra storage?
- What about the layout? Is your garage flush with the entrance to your home or yard?
- Which kind of garage doors do you have, and how do they open?
One of the best ways to keep costs down on a DIY garage project is to reuse, recycle, and upcycle materials. It reduces waste by finding creative uses for items that you may have otherwise discarded.
Check your local internet and social media classifieds for free discarded lumber, old furniture, or building materials that can be refinished or reimagined. Some thrift stores, such as Habitat for Humanity ReStore, sell these kinds of materials at a significant discount.Garage Use and Purpose
Consider what the ideal use of your new garage space will be.
- Will you continue to park multiple vehicles inside?
- Do you want to make a dedicated workshop space?
- Are you a gardener? Or passionate about your lawn?
- What kinds of hobbies or projects do you hope to tackle in a workspace?
- When you do home improvement projects, which tools do you want to access at a moment’s notice?
Here are a few more details to think about as you plan your DIY garage remodel projects.
- How much DIY experience do you have? Are you a beginner, novice, or expert?
- Do you have any friends or family with home improvement project experience that can help you out?
- Where is your garage located? How will that impact the use, and which projects will best suit its location? Is it in a barn or separate building, attached on the back of the house, or connected to the basement?
- Should you invest in insulation, plumbing, electricity, or heating and air?
Now that we’ve given some thought to the scope of your project, let’s explore which garage plans will be a good fit.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 DIY garage plans for you to explore. Check these out and see which ones will meet your style, budget, and needs.Detached DIY Garage Plan
If you don’t have a garage currently and want to build one on your property, you’ll need DIY garage plans to construct something new. These free plans include the blueprint and instructions for how to build a detached garage. This building is a great size to park one vehicle and still have some room for additional workspace.Find the plans at My Outdoor PlansGarage Cabinet Storage
If you and your family have loads of tools, toys, and outdoor and camping equipment, this is one of the DIY garage cabinet plans for you. It’s oversized, meaning it will hold lots of bulky goods, plus it hangs from the wall, keeping things dry and preventing mold. The sliding doors ensure your goods stay tidy from dust and grit.Find the plans at Family HandymanDIY Garage Shelvesphoto courtesy of queen bee of honey dos
If you’re looking for DIY garage shelf plans that are simple to follow, check this one out. One of the most straightforward projects on this list, these shelves call for only a handful of tools and materials and can be installed by a near beginner.Find the plans at Queen Bee of Honey DosDIY Garage Workbenchphoto courtesy of dream design diy
This DIY garage workbench plan is helpful to tackle frequent home improvement projects. The workbench creates ample counter space as well as additional storage. Best part? It is built on wheels so you can move it out to the driveway on a nice day.Find the plans at Dream Design DIY
Related Post: Workbench PlansRolling Storage Shelvesphoto courtesy of hgtv
We love these rolling options so much that we included these storage shelves on wheels. They are an excellent option for sorting and storing all kinds of goods, and adding doors to the front could easily meet your need for DIY garage storage cabinet plans.Find the plans at HGTVFunctional Garage Cabinetsphoto courtesy of simply aligned home
These garage cabinet plans offer both functional storage as well as surface space. Add the pegboard and lamps in this design, and we think your garage will be looking sharp.Find the plans at Simply Aligned HomeDIY Wall Shelvesphoto courtesy of ana white
For another DIY garage shelves plan, these standard built-ins are a cost effective and simple way to get your equipment off the floor and easily accessible. You could get these shelves installed over a weekend.Find the plans at Ana WhiteDIY Garage Door Makeoverphoto courtesy of Hammers n hugs
If you’re looking to transform your garage, don’t just think about the inside! You can alter the appearance of your home with these DIY garage door plans. This makeover uses magnetic hardware, so it’s easy to install.Find the plans at Hammers N HugsGarage Paint Boothphoto courtesy of hearts and sharts
For the home renovator, having a space for projects to paint indoors can be tricky. These DIY garage plans solve that problem, showing you an incredibly affordable way to create a painting space in your garage using PVC pipe and plastic liners. It’s not a permanent installation, so it would be perfect for “getting your craft on” at a rental property.Find the plans at Hearts and ShartsDIY Lumber Storage Cartphoto courtesy of diy montreal
Builders need a way to organize their lumber, and this storage cart is the answer to your DIY timber garage plan needs. The free plans come as a downloadable PDF with instructions and lots of step-by-step images for stress-free installation.Find the plans at DIY MontrealDIY Charging Station (and Other Ideas)
This cordless drill charging station is an excellent example of the projects you can implement in your DIY garage workshop plans. Free up counter space and ensure your drill will always be ready to use when you reach for it.Find the plans at The Handyman’s DaughterDIY Folding Workbenchphoto courtesy of just measuring up
This folding workbench is the perfect workshop solution in a tiny garage. If your space is limited but you still want a place to tackle projects, this workbench can be lowered when not in use and raised when you’re ready to get started. It’s cost effective and straightforward to put together and can be built using scrap wood.Find the plans at Just Measuring UpYard Tool Organizerphoto courtesy of the owner builder network
Gardeners and green thumbs can find themselves quickly overwhelmed with piles of yard tools. This ingenious storage solution uses PVC pipes to get your shovels, rakes, and other equipment off the ground and within reach.Find the plans at The Owner Builder NetworkDIY Pegboard Wall photo courtesy of the creATIVITY exchange
Pegboard is one of the simplest ways to create tons of storage options. Quick to install and easy to use, beginners can transform their storage space with this DIY pegboard wall. Use hooks to hang tools, and install baskets and buckets for small loose bits like nails and screws. The possibilities are endless! The shelves on the top and bottom of the board maximize usage of the space.Find the plans at The Creativity ExchangeDIY Insulated Garage Door
Working in the garage can be a pain during extreme seasonal weather conditions. Whether you’re struggling to keep things cool in the summer or shivering in the winter, consider insulating your garage door to lower your electric bill. This project may be a little more advanced, but the step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to get everything installed.Find the plans at Family HandymanFrequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about DIY garage plans.How Much Would It Cost to Build a DIY Garage?
Building a brand new garage will cost more than renovating an existing one. Keep costs low by looking for free discarded lumber. Transforming an existing space with these 15 DIY garage plans could cost you as little as $100 — or less if you get creative with your materials.Can You DIY Build a Garage?
Building your own garage is the best way to save yourself some money and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. Follow the guides presented in this article to see just how many projects you can do yourself, even as a beginner!What Is the Cheapest Way to Build a Garage?
See if your city has a local tool library, where you can check out items you don’t already have on hand. Using free plans instead of overpaying for complicated blueprints will also save you money. The best money-saving tip we have is to make sure your materials are reused, recycled, and donated items.How Do I Decide Where to Start?
Start wherever your most significant stress point is. See if there’s a tool or item you’re always searching for, and assess which of these plans offer a storage solution for that kind of task. Maybe you want to do more home projects, in which case, adding a workbench might be a great place to begin.Conclusion
Building a DIY garage can be easy and affordable with the proper planning and materials. We hope this list has shown you there are many ways to approach a DIY garage build or makeover, and you have seen a variety of options that will match your budget and skills.
Consider your needs and skill level, make a plan, and have fun diving into your project!