Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cabbage Rot

I have two heads this year, so far, that have rotted like this. I don't believe this is either of the 2 cabbage family plant root rot issues. I think that for some reason, the head just started to rot, perhaps a fruit bud or something landed on it and rotted and spread to the head? When I pick the head, I can cut off the rotted part and the rest of the head is OK - it is a surface rot, not systemic. I need to pull this plant up tomorrow. Cabbage family plant wastes go into the burn pile - never Read more [...]

Two Cabbage Odd-Balls

Two of about 3 dozen cabbage plants grew defectively. This cabbage sent up a seed head without ever producing a head. Less than a week ago I could see the tine round buds poking thru the cabbage heads and knew that it was prematurely going to seed. In less than a week it put up this seed stalk. It needs to be pulled soon, it is of no value except to the bees. This cabbage has a deformed second head. I suppose I should pull the second smaller head and hope the main head keeps growing. Read more [...]

Turnip Harvest

The first Purple Top heirloom turnip has been harvested.  It will go into garden vegetable soup tomorrow, along with any other sizeable turnips I find tomorrow. And - yes, those are aphids on the underside of the leaves. Here are some more turnips - I just scattered the seed last fall. What is interesting is that only the portion of the bulb that is above ground turns purple. Read more [...]

The Aphids Are Here, The Aphids Are Here

Every season it seems a different pest afflicts my garden. This season, here in March, the aphids are already feasting on my plants. I first saw then on my tiny pepper seedlings in the greenhouse maybe 3 weeks ago. They have definitely stunted my peppers. I first used neem oil to try to kill the aphids, but this didn't seem to work very well, and in fact seemed to damage some of the pepper seedlings. I have had to reseed many of them. The fix is in - this season, the peppers will be late. The seedlings Read more [...]

Cabbage Stir Fry

Time to see if this Early Jersey Wakefield cabbage is ready to eat: Sliced it open, it is not filled out as I would have liked or expected - the head did feel pretty firm when I squeezed it before harvest. This tiny cabbage still made a very good stir fry, with an entire onion and garden garlic thrown in. I always like to use some sesame seed oil when stir frying - it has such a nice smoky way about it. We added Kikoman stir fry sauce and served it on La Choy chow mein noodles. (It was half Read more [...]

Broccoli Resprouts and Bees in the Flowers

When you harvest your Broccoli, cut the main head - close to the head - and allow the plant to continue to grow. It will produce numerous more little heads all over. Here is another broccoli plant with lots of re-sprouts, or side sprouts. Just this week, in Kroger, I noticed these broccoli side sprouts for sale. They weren't, of course, labeled side sprouts. I don't recall what they were called, but they were a bit over twice the price of a regular head of broccoli. I missed harvesting some Read more [...]