I brought some broccoli and cabbage along slowly all summer long and put them in the garden August 20th. One melted away September 2nd. They were watered 9 times by me or by rain from the 20th to the 2nd. I am now covering one other wilting cabbage and the broccoli. If it takes 6-8 months for cabbage and broccoli to grow, but they can't take the September heat when do I put them in the garden? The question applies for the spring also. The growing season ends by November 1st, if I wait until October to put them in the garden will they still grow into December?
broccoli and cabbage fall into the Kole Crops category (broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, carots, etc), and depending on where you are, can be grown well into the winter months, in fact they actually prefer the colder temperatures, for autumn harvests, you would typically start them from seed, right now actually. Not sure which varieties of broccoli you are growing, but mine only say about 70 - 80 days, which is about 4 months or so. if given some cold protection, some have been known to hold their own even with a light snow on the ground.
Just to wrap things up here about the wilting cabbage in my garden: the cabbage I thought was wilting had its stem snapped by something, only a small piece was connected. I still lost two cabbage in three days.
Sounds like you have cutworm problems. Scratch right around the fresh cut plant and you can usually find the varmint.
In North Louisiana, most of us try to get cabbage and broccoli planted out the 1st of September. It is hot but they can take it. This year I watered the garden good before planting, dug my holes and filled them with water and then set the plants. Late in the afternoon, I mist them real good. So far I haven't lost any. I prefer to water in the morning but I am afraid the heat and dry wind would cook them. Good luck.
another collection of updates: i am really excited about my lettuce and how it is coming along! Should i be thinning out any more or does it look like it will be fine now? Also i have a second batch started. The Arcadia Broccoli seems to be growing a bit faster than the Early Purple, even with being treated the same way for both. And FINALLY i have some Kale sprouts going strong thanks to that sluggo plus, lol. (hope they havent sprouted up too late in the season yet)
i just realized i posted on the wrong forum, LOL, but it works i guess, but thanks for the compliments. I have been giving them a weekly feeding of miracle grow (just barely enough mixed in to color the water), and i have started a once weekly fish based foliar spray feed.