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.
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