Saturday, August 2, 2008

Slow Growing Cabbage

About a month and a half ago, I planted a 50-lb cabbage seedling that I bought at Home Depot. It was small at first, but I figured it wouldn't take too long to grow. My lettuce only took a month before I could harvest it. I believed cabbage would be the same. (I really should read these labels more carefully, but I don't. When it says 75-80 days on the label, that's when I should start practicing patience).

But I tended to other vegetables and I waited for my cabbage to take shape. Then the bugs came. They poked nice big holes into each of the leaves. (I guess not that big, but still big enough to annoy me).

Below: The cabbage with the holes... In late June

Luckily, the inside leaves (I guess this is what forms the cabbage head) remained intact, and the bugs had managed to stay away. Then I got lazy about spraying the head with anything. I just let it grow. Each day, more holes and more nasty bugs eating my cabbage.

However, as of today, the cabbage has started to show the beginnings of a cabbage head. There are not as many holes in the cabbage leaves, so I'm thankful for that.

Below: The most recent photo of the cabbage. Doesn't it look so beautiful?

And now I have to be more patient because I will probably be able to harvest this cabbage head until the end of September. I'm so glad that Nashville summers last into late September, early October.

9 comments:

stina said...
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tina said...

DP, It looks great and Sep/Oct sounds right.

Skeeter said...

And here I thought cabbage was a cool weather plant. That tells you I have never planted cabbage before or I would have known differently... Glad the bugs had their fill and moved elsewhere. Maybe they ate until they popped! LOL…

Susie said...

D.P.-I'm glad you're able to grow cabbage this time of year. I had to plant mine in March and I harvested it in late May or June. I had trouble with slugs eating mine.

Cindy said...

It's lookin' good, DP. Boy it is slow grower. I always think 2 months when I read 75-80 days but what month has 40 days - Haha!

Dan said...

I was just about to harvest my cabbage and some critter came and ate a 1/4 of each head. I guess there is always next year...

Anonymous said...

I do not like pesticides. I use the "ole timey" methods. A sudsey (mild) mixture of dishwashing liquid and water sprayed on the bugs will kill them (the detergent will dry and crack their outer shell). Self rising flour shifted on the plants will kill some bugs (not sure why). And birds do not like motion. Ole timers will hang aluminum pie pans to flip in the wind. Maybe you can find a more eye pleasing motion thingy to scare your birds away. Some people put fake snakes in their gardens and on top of grape vines. Talk to some older people, see what they used to get rid of the pest. You look like you are doing a really great job and enjoying your bounty.

Eve said...

I don't use pesticides either. I like my veggies poison free if possible. Those look healthy. I think I see a nice stir fry in your future.

Dawn said...

Nice stir fry or my fave, coleslaw!