Cabbage Walking Stick
Cabbage Walking Stick originated in the 19th century in the Channel Islands. Once grown for fodder and was a thriving export for walking sticks. The fibrous stalks take to sanding and varnishing well after they dry thus they make sturdy walking sticks. Other than a few differences in cultural practices, you grow giant walking stick cabbages as you do most other cabbages. Young leaves are used like cabbage or kale.
Once the plant reaches 6 inches, tie to a stake then tie every 6 inch of growth for a straight stem. Can reach up to 5m tall in warm locations. In cool climates it is best grown as an annual tending to grow to 1m tall from my experience. Will flower in later winter/spring.
Sow – October to February. (cool climate)
Spacing – 1 metre
Cabbage was most likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC, although savoys were not developed until the 16th century AD. By the Middle Ages, cabbage had become a prominent part of European cuisine.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 19 to 24 C (around 5-10 days to germination)