|Savoy type cabbage, Feb 2017|
A few of the heads never grew very big, although the ones planted directly where the broad beans were (instead of a foot or more away) seem to be bigger by a fairly large margin. That section of garden soil was badly affected a few years ago when the neighbor put up his new fence; he really overloaded the concrete for the posts which ended up leaching out too much lime, causing a major pH change. At that time, pretty much everything in that bed died: vegetables, flowers, and even weeds. After a year, the first plants (weeds actually) began growing back; close to three years on, it's still less fertile than the rest of the vegetable beds but much recovered.
We've eaten a couple cabbage heads now, and there are several left, but only one or two have nice large heads. Still, a little cabbage is better than no cabbage, and I'll be more careful this year to transplant them right on top of where beans were, not to the side. Incidently, I handpicked the cabbage moth caterpillars off them and all the other brassicas every day for a whole month (I stopped after a month, being utterly sick of it, but the caterpillars didn't), but recently I noticed there are a couple still alive! I can hardly believe it, seeing as it's February and there have been multiple very hard frosts. How are they surviving?? I didn't have the heart to squash them, though.