All Seasons Cabbage
All Seasons Cabbage
90 days — Also known as 'Vandergaw',[1,2,3] this variety is heat resistant, fine-flavored and produces good, hard heads that are ten inches in diameter, average about twelve pounds in weight, and are round but flattened on the top. As its name implies, it is an all purpose variety useful for early, intermediate and late season harvests.
It was developed by a Long Island market grower named Mr. Vandergaw as a cross between 'Flat Dutch' and an unknown variety of 'Drumhead'. It was largely unknown until James J. H. Gregory, recognizing its particular merits, secured all of Vandergaw's stock and released it as 'All Seasons' in his 1886 seed catalog. In his own words from that 1886 catalog, Mr. Gregory recounts its history as follows:
The following year, W. Atlee Burpee procured seed from Mr. Vandergaw and as the story goes, without knowing that it was one in the same as Gregory's 'All Seasons', Burpee grew a stock of seed and released it as "The Vandergaw" cabbage.[1,2,4] Each packet contains 1 gram, which is approximately 150 seeds.
Planting Instructions: Plant indoors five weeks prior to your last expected frost date. Sow at a depth of about ¼ inch keeping moist until the seedlings appear. Use as much light as possible, watering as required.
Two weeks prior to transplanting, acclimate the seedlings to the outdoors by moving outside into the shade and then return indoors at night. Expose the plants to more direct sunlight every day. Check moisture regularly. Transplant 16 inches apart in rows spaced 24 inches.
Although the name or description of this variety refers to a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsmen that originally released it. Informational References:
- "Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Cabbage," by Victor Rickman Boswell, USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 169, March, 1934.
- "Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Allied Vegetables: From Seed to Harvest," by Charles Linnaeus Allen, Orange-Judd Company, New York, 1901.
- "The Vegetable Garden: Illustrations, Descriptions and Culture of the Garden ... ," by M. M. Vilmorin-Andrieux, 1905.
- "How to Grow Cabbages and Cauliflowers Most Profitably," by J. Pedersen (Bjergaard) and G. H. Howard, edited by W. Atlee Burpee, 1888.
- "Gregory's Annual Illustrated Catalog," James J. H. Gregory & Son, Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1886.
- "Cabbages and Cauliflowers: How To Grow Them," James J. H. Gregory, 1889.
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