Saturday, August 4, 2007

How to grow a cabbage as big as your head

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Or at least as big as my niece's head.

1. Start way too optimistically early - like March, under lights.

2. Transplant in a 18 inch square space, ammended by half frozen manure, when you are still getting snowstorms even though you know that you should wait until it is reliably 7C outside at night or warmer (but not too warm).

3. Cover with little cloches and fret alot.

4. Figure there's no way these guys are going to make it and start another batch in April. Pretend you planned this.

5. Forget to water a lot.

6. Pick off cabbage worms, or better yet, do a little science project by bringing them indoors to watch them turn into butteflies. Lots of fun though releasing them does add to the pest population.

7. Wonder, when you get around to weeding, if they will ever be ready

8. Harvest first and second crop (both survived) and wonder in amazement that it actually worked again!

9. Be grateful for the joys of gardening.

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This cabbage has no lingering doubt when the spammers make comments about its size. Those holes on the outer leaves (the inner leaves were unblemished) are caused by an assortment of catepillars and slugs. But they left sooo much cabbage, I can't really complain.

Wait you really want to know how to grow great cabbages?

Veggie Gardening Tips is a blog full of great information about organic vegetable gardening and he's written a post to answer just this question!

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kate said...

Oh ye of the giant cabbage,

That is just incredible. Your post was great fun to read ... along with the photographs. Your niece looks adorable holding the monster cabbage.

Kate (who has never grown cabbages ... but thinks it would be fun)

No Rain said...

What a sight. Is this your only one? I've never grown veggies other than tomatoes, so this post was interesting to me.

Genie said...

That's huge! What are you going to do with it?

Laurie & Chris said...

Wow!! That is a lot of cabbage. Thanks for visiting our blog.

Muum said...

thanks for stopping by my blog, I am going to check out your veggie link, too. love the cabbage story.

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

Your cabbages are very big.
Your niece is very adorable.
And your post is fun to read.
Happy GTS.

farmingfriends said...

A great looking cabbage. I enjoyed reading this - it was fun.
Sara from farmingfriends

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Your niece is a beautiful girl, and that cabbage looks delicious. Best of all, you posted directions on growing cabbage that I KNOW I can follow next year. :)

MrBrownThumb said...

I haven't grown any but I've was tempted this year to try some giant veggies to see if it sparked any interest with my nephews.

Good job with your giant cabage.

bs said...

i kneel before your veggie growing prowess... that is a truly awesome cabbage!

Chitweed said...

So what did you make with the huge-mungous cabbage? Colossal Coleslaw? Supersize Saurkraut? Big boiled cabbage? Do tell...

Ladynred said...

What a jumbo cabbage. Great post, very interesting and funny!