This year's seedlings of a cross between San Michele blush savoy cabbage and Red Rock Mammoth. These are f3s. There was quite a bit of segregation happening in the f2s grown out last year so I'm looking forward to seeing what levels of savoy and purple this generation will have.
Trenching cabbage stems for overwintering in 2016.
Last year, I cut off the cabbage heads (as they won't overwinter here), took backup cutting (which were decimated by aphids) and trenched the stems. This was by digging up the stems, making a furrow, planting them horizontally, covering with soil, straw, more soil and then the whole bit with row cover. They wintered beautifully this way.
Compare this with a uncovered row of a different project, seed from the Toad's Garden, where the heads were removed but the stems were left planted. Most died back (which is typical of older plants) but a few survived. The now two cabbage projects will be separately tunnelled for seed collection as I have a third Brassica oleracea project on the go as well.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.