your baby is growing!

sorry about my delai
this photo is from last week now it is even bigger!

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happy cabbages!

from Annabel

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one of our cabbages is starting to look good, it is 6/7 ” across!
the other ones are still small.
It is hard for me to get internet, sorry for my delay!

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not so green thumb

uh oh. i don’t know what i’m doing wrong, but my cabbages are no longer thriving. i don’t see any bugs. i thought i might be overwatering, so now i’m making sure the soil dries out before watering again. they don’t seem to be responding though. do you have any suggestions on how to get these babies back to beautiful? ohhh…
ciao bella,



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Ours hasn’t made it; pests & heat.

from Joel:

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my cabbage didn’t survive the transplant to a larger pot 😦 I am sad! (and sorry) Devra

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 1:59 AM, Elaine wrote:
Hey everybody,
How are your cabbages doing? David’s cabbages look like they are beginning to head. xxox

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Hi Elainu,

Sorry I’ve been slackin on the cabbage front, work has been crazy.

But, I have some photos from a couple weeks ago and some shots I took yesterday attached.


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from David:

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Oh Elaine,
It has been a wet, humid summer. At the start of July it was clear that the babies were struggling– not enough sun, unfortunate slug and/or insect damage (all my cabbages were hit, but the babies were particularly tender). It was clear an intervention was needed. I gently dug and moved the little ones–spreading them out and bringing them as much as possible to the sunny front of the bed. They had barely a root system. I tucked them into the new site and gave them another mulch of compost. I have 18 small cabbages.

After a week or so new growth has started, (looks hearty and unchewed up so far), and most of the cabbages have doubled in size. I think we’re on the right track now. I’ll work to keep the neighboring plants from taking them over, and give them a chance. With Minnesota’s short growing season, I’m hoping for some good size by early September. The neighboring Kale likes this garden spot (started much earlier) so I’m thinking this will turn out well. Ever optimistic is the farmer…. xo, cheers, Judi

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How hard can it be to plant 4 cabbage seedlings?

Dear Elaine —

I ran into a hitch when I attempted to plant the cabbage babies (this was 2 weeks ago). I had planned to plant them inside my blueberry garden for their safety (an aside — several of my blueberry plants had died over the last year, so I had suitable space, and good soil). The blueberry garden is enclosed in a fence of chicken wire, and covered entirely by bird netting (too many birds, and I’m not good at sharing.)

The blueberry garden:

I gathered up the babies and my gardening tools and trooped out to the enclosure, only to find (to my dismay, and horror), a 6-foot-long snake stretched across the entire entrance, entangled in the netting, and preventing me from entering. I assumed it was dead, but I didn’t want to get close enough to find out.

What to do? Wimp that I am, of course I called for help. Paul came out and proceeded to a) determine that the snake was still alive, although the plastic netting was wrapped around its head, and also wrapped tightly around its body; and b) release it by cutting the netting with a scissors.

The snake:

Paul then spent another hour cutting all the netting off the snake’s head and body, and finally returned it to the marsh, from, we assume, whence it came.

Inspection and diagnosis:

Snake surgery:

Whew. Finally, I was able to get into the garden and situate the cabbages:

All planted:

Good luck, little guys — you’re on your own now.


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