Category Archives: Cabbage

Planting Begins

The Inspector

The Inspector

Today is my first planting of the fall 2015 season. While I was working, a neighborhood critter stopped by to inspect my job. The photo shows him next to a hole I was preparing for a tomato plant. He must have approved – he didn’t say anything.

I planted one tray, four plants each, of broccoli, cauliflower, and jalapenos. There were no varieties listed on these plants. I also planted a tray each of “Copenhagen Market” cabbage, “Beefsteak” tomatoes, and “Purple Top White Globe” turnips.

Did I say Turnips? Yep. They’re an experiment—I’ve never tried growing them. I was surprised when I spotted them in the nursery so I asked the woman behind the counter how they grow in Florida. She looked a little evasive when she said, “we sell a lot of them.” I guess I’ll see.

I ought to pick up the empty trays

I ought to pick up the empty trays

Just in case there’s any confusion: these are turnips, not rutabagas. Rutabagas are yellow. Turnips are white. Turnips are also one of the few root crops I really like.

The second photo shows turnips in the foreground with jalapenos to the right, broccoli and cauliflower to the left. Cabbages and tomatoes are out in left field.

More Planting

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Baby cabbage

I always buy my seedlings too far in advance – with the best of intentions, of course. On Friday I picked up nine Copenhagen market cabbage seedlings at Lowe’s. I was going to plant them immediately but…

On Saturday I had to drive down to Pinellas Park so I picked up eight Packman broccoli seedlings at Willow Tree. I had plenty of time that afternoon…

Sunday I decided to relax. Monday was drizzling – I changed my oil instead of gardening. Isn’t that life?

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Kale and Cabbage

Finally, after work today, I got my planting done. Stepping on the thick compost felt like walking on a foam mattress.

For no good reason, here’s some pictures of my five-week-old kale and cabbage. There’s a profusion of blossoms on the purple sweet potatoes.

 

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Sweet!