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A couple weeks ago I harvested one of my heads of cabbage for a coleslaw recipe my wife was making. Actually, I harvested two, but this post only has picture of the purple one.
Anyway, what you are seeing above, and you might have to look closely at the full sized version, is a group of 5 cabbage sprouts that have regrown on the cut stalk after I harvested the main head.
I am going to leave these for a couple more weeks just to see what they turn into. Maybe they’ll be like brussels sprouts by the time I pick them. Maybe they’ll be worthless, but it’s fun to try.
I have had panorama photos that turned out much better than this one, but it gets the idea across. Things are starting to get a bit unruly down there. Weeding needs lots of attention soon. It’s time to harvest beets and their greens. Soon I will harvest the carrots, followed by the cabbages and then the garlic. By that time I will be getting many red tomatoes.
I still need to plant the green beans I promised my wife.
My lens cap is in that picture.
This cabbage was direct-seeded outside around last Halloween. It survived through our mild winter under the hoops, and I worked around it while I was planting other things in this bed this year.
As you can see, the head is about 5 inches wide and almost ready to harvest. I believe this is a “January King” variety.
Also, here is one of MANY little unhelpful critters I pulled off of this cabbage:
I hope you can excuse the dirty hands and fingernails. I was gardening.
The cabbage shown has been in the ground since the very end of April. It had been in the ground 4 weeks exactly on the day I took these pictures last week. This plant was about 14 inches at it’s widest, and the sorry little cabbage head was the size of a golf ball or just slightly bigger.
The worm who had been voraciously eating this plant had grown quite large. He isn’t shown in any of these pictures, but he was about 1.75 inches long and almost as plump as a pencil. Those are his droppings. Disgusting.
This picture is forever going to help me remember to wash my garden produce before I eat it.
I pulled back the leaves that the worm had been hiding in so that, hopefully, the plant will get washed clean by the rain or the next time I water the garden
If it were not for the big outer leaves that I generally don’t eat anyway, this plant would have lost so much mass that it would have died already. Those big tough leaves protected the little cabbage head–taking one for the team I suppose–by being available to be devoured.
The moral of the story- check your cabbage very often for worms, especially when you keep seeing the white cabbage moth. Next year, use floating row covers or don’t grow cabbage.
I have focused in on the 2-3 inch heads that are starting to form on my Primero purple cabbage plants. The outer set of leaves is probably 18 inches wide right now.
Purple cabbage tastes the same as green cabbage and can be used interchangeably in recipes. However you have to be aware that it will bleed and stain the other foods, like a beet does. Why grow purple cabbage organically? Because it makes the worms so easy to find!
Edit: Above I said that these were “Primero” cabbages. They are in fact Red Acres cabbages. I am growing both this year, and they look very similar.
I have had white butterflies (moths) flying around my cabbage a bit too much this spring, so I knew it was time to hunt down their eggs and offspring on the brassica crops. I have 15 cabbages and 4 brussels sprouts growing. My wife helped out:
So far the damage was concentrated on the lower-most leaves, but we found as many as 8 little worms on each 6-10 inch plant. We’ll have to do this several more times over the next week or two.