Dear Zurls22, Welcome to the forums. I have to say that although many things can be direct-sown (even tomatoes) I find it easier to keep track of the tiny seeds that are emerging when they are in small pots or cellpacks where I can watch them their first delicate weeks. I love using "community pots" as Step 1, meaning like 4-inch pots with potting soil or seed-starting mix in them, into which I put up to a dozen to 18 seeds of something I want to grow, and let the babies get to about an inch high in a little forest. I then unpot the whole mass into my hand, and drop the potless lump of soil and roots (gently) on the counter to help the root systems let go of one another. I tease them carefully the rest of the way apart with my fingers and and put each one in a cell of a plastic cellpack. I know it’s an extra step, but it’s so easy to keep a 4-inch pot watered and it doesn’t take up as much room as several six-packs. So I vote for sow in pots or flats first, and transplant four weeks later (or slightly longer). By the way, if you only want to grow six cabbages start like 10 (I meant the 12 to 18 as a maximum capacity thing for the community pot, not that you should start 18 of everything). I hope you’ll upload us a photo of how your cabbages grow… Margaret
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.