This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

harvesting my first cabbage

cabbage 4 Cabbage 3

More photos I took with my foggy lens. I mostly grew cabbage because they are such beautiful plants. This is Super Red 80 from seed from Johnny's.

I'm also growing Alcosa, a blue green savoy type, also from Johnny's seed.

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Anonymous Funkbunny said...

I love your blog, and because your an in a different hemisphere from me (I'm in Melbourne, Australia) it is inspiring to look at all your lovely summer veggies!

August 06, 2009 11:08 PM

Blogger Helen said...

It's beautiful. Congratulations.

August 06, 2009 11:18 PM

Blogger Deborah Bier, PhD said...

Lovely! My red cabbages haven't done well this year (yet). I've enjoyed growing the Early Jersey Wakefields, though. Small plants with a nice green football-shaped head. They have been delicious, and fit well in the bed without being gigantic plants. I agree, cabbages are absolutely gorgeous plants.

August 06, 2009 11:28 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

It's beautiful! I'd like to grow cabbage next year...I always forget how much I like to eat it!

August 07, 2009 12:33 AM

Blogger Jay said...

I'm learning something from you fellow gardener. Keep us updated

August 07, 2009 1:02 AM

Blogger makhappy522 said...

How did you keep the cabbage worms away? row covers?

August 07, 2009 7:56 AM

Anonymous Lisa A. said...

Congrats on your first cabbage ever! How exciting! It looks perfect.

August 07, 2009 10:54 AM

Blogger LoveMeKnot Creations said...

silly question, but how do you know when the cabbage is ready to be harvested? I have some growing but never grew it before!

August 07, 2009 4:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Usually I use row cover to keep the cabbage worms away. But this year I I have just been watching for them and squishing them. They don't seem so bad this year (compared to the slugs and snails anyway). Maybe they don't like the rain?

August 07, 2009 11:19 PM

Blogger kathy said...

SO, when is cabbage read to harvest? I think its pretty much up to you.

I figured a 6 inch diameter head looked good. The bigger you let them get the more you risk the head splitting or getting bugs. And, often people harvest them very small, as baby cabbage. Since I don't have very many cabbage, I wanted a good sized head.

Then again, it my first cabbage too. I was just very excited to pick it.

August 07, 2009 11:24 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Oh, another reason for picking the cabbage now was because the neighboring butternut squash are growing out of control and covering the area. I'm really looking forward to butternut squash! I have 6 or 8 sizing up.

August 07, 2009 11:27 PM

Blogger LoveMeKnot Creations said...

thanks kathy!! congrats on the squash too!

August 10, 2009 12:04 AM

Anonymous Soilman said...

Wow... great cabbage. Well done!

August 11, 2009 3:18 AM


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