As soon as the thaw came, I wanted to check the progress on the cabbage. The cabbage patch looks a little ragged these days – after our 9°F weather in early December. However the Melissa cabbage I planted has been holding its own, despite the freezing and thawing cycle our weather has been fixed in.
Producing our food means being the produce manager too, always going through our stores and checking for spoilage or in the case of these Melissa cabbage heads, I need to trim the outer leaves that have been frost damaged. It’s the same in the cabbage fields of the commercial growers – when we go to town we see the cabbage harvest continuing, with the heads being trimmed some at harvest before heading to the last processing prior to being sold to the grocery store where you see nicely “blanched” heads of cabbage for sale.
The heads require more trimming this time of year, but still are yielding 4 – 5 pound heads for the house and great greens for the hens. The cabbage is still very tasty and succulent. Each winter is different, if we had insulating snow, these heads would not be as damaged. But the experiment continues, always an ongoing quest to grow the hardiest food, with the least amount of input or coddling.