Vegetable Database

Welcome to the Plan Your Patch vegetable database. This database contains information on over 90 different vegetables and how to grow and store them. We are currently constructing a library of over 5,000 different varieties that will be able to be searched based upon criteria such as;

  • Maturing Date (i.e. early, mid or late-season varieties) 
  • Open Pollination Verse Hybrid Seeds (What is an F1 Hybrid Seed?)
  • Variety Type (which will vary depending upon the vegetable)

To see an example the data visit the cabbage and cauliflower pages which are the first vegetables to be completed.


Cabbage is a member of the Brassica family, along with Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale and Brussel Sprouts, all of which are actually the same species of plant. The Cabbage itself, in its modern form, has been known for at least 1,000 years, and was a dietary staple throughout the middle ages in Europe. Due to its wide usage in many different regions, there are a huge number of varieties available, which can be categorised, based on their harvest time; Spring, Summer and Winter. Spring Cabbages are slow growing varieties that are sown in Mid Summer for harvesting the following Spring. Summer varieties are rapid growing varieties, sown in Spring for a late Summer harvest, while Winter Cabbages diplay a moderate rate of growth and are typically sown in Spring for an Autumn to Winter harvest.

Growing Advice

Sow Direct or in modules
Depth 10mm (0.5 Inch)
Germination 14-21 days (21-26°C , 70-79°F)
Frost Tolerant Yes
When Spring (or after frost)
Position Full sun, moist soil
Spacing 150 cm (5ft)
Harvest 300-400 days
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Variety Name Type Form Open pollinated Colour Days to harvest Description