Cabbage

Winter cabbage

Winter cabbage

As summer slides into fall I’ve been making changes in the garden. I finally harvested the two cabbages I grew all year in one of the 4×4 raised beds. I picked up these January King cabbages as starts from Friendly Natives at the Bainbridge Farmers Market this time last year and nursed them through the winter under a plastic cloche.

Full grown cabbage

Full grown cabbage

A year later two of those plants had taken over the entire bed! I see why Jean Schanen doesn’t grow them on the Start Now urban farm – those plants take up a lot of space.

Harvesting cabbage

Harvesting cabbage

It took a small sickle to get them off the stalk.

Cabbage heads

Cabbage heads

The little head came in at two pounds, the bigger one at six – not close to the year’s prize-winner, but I still should have entered the big one at the Kitsap County Fair.

One quarter of the little head fed the family coleslaw for a meal. We’ll keep eating them as long as they stay fresh, which can be a month or more, and when we can’t eat any more, we’ll try our hand at sauerkraut again.


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