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Post  JustMe on 3/28/2014, 12:48 am

http://bonniecabbageprogram.com

Has anyone's 3rd grader ever come home with a Bonnie mega cabbage seedling? It's an O.S. Cross variety. The tag says to allow 36 - 48" for spacing. Do they really grow that big? A 4 x 4 grid is 25% of our non-perennial SFG.

My son watered his plant 2x since bringing it home today, told me that he'll have to look for the flies that eat cabbages, and planned a corned beef and cabbage dinner with harvest. I don't think I've ever wanted a plant to make it more than this cabbage plant.

We put a hoop house up last weekend. Now I'm glad I didn't get out to plant anything under it yet, because I will have to redraw plans and move grids.



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Re: Bonnie 3rd grade cabbage program

Post  km87508 on 4/19/2014, 9:22 pm

I think that spacing is for row planting. According to Mel's book, 1 cabbage per square. Good luck!
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Re: Bonnie 3rd grade cabbage program

Post  Turan on 4/19/2014, 9:29 pm

Put it on an outside corner. Cabbage really can get huge and they will crowd out smaller plants. You can trim off leaves that trespass on the neighbors, especially if planted in a corner where there are not so many neighbors. The trimmed leaves are good to eat as well.

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Re: Bonnie 3rd grade cabbage program

Post  walshevak on 4/20/2014, 1:44 am

I gather from the link this is a really giant variety of cabbage.  I would buy a 5 gal bucket, fill with MM and plant that sucker on its own.  Put a stakes  in the ground around the bucket and cover with tulle to protect from cabbage moth and worms.  This now give him his own special garden, reusable next year.   Save your bed for your regular veggies.  
Another possibility, given the size of the cabbage would be an 18 gal rubbermaid bin, filled with sand and 6 in of MM.

OR BUILD HIM HIS OWN 3X3 BED


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Re: Bonnie 3rd grade cabbage program

Post  JustMe on 4/28/2014, 11:37 pm

A neighbor said their daughter's grew to be 16 pounds. These things seem to range from 16-50 (!) pounds.

We've never grown cabbage, but I did make space half of a 4x8 box. I was thinking about building more boxes anyway.

We were gone for a week. Thankfully, it did not get below freezing while we were gone.

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Post  walshevak on 4/29/2014, 6:01 pm

I hope the cabbage lives and gets huge.  Kids need to have something of their own and kudos to  you for giving up part of your garden.  Since cabbage is generally a cool weather crop, you may be able to harvest in late June and replant the area with some warm weather crops. 

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