The gloriousness of cabbages. Not a phrase I normally expect to use.
July 2015 Plant a few winter cabbage seeds indoors
August, September 2015 Keep puling feeble seedlings indoors to avoid cabbage white caterpillar attack
October 2015 Plant out spindly winter cabbage plants
November 2015 Plants begin to develop leaves
December 2015 Wood pigeons strip infant cabbages down to their stalks
January, February 2016 Stalks stand shivering
March, April 2016 Stalks begin to produce leaves again – slug attacks
May 2016 Guinea pigs and I share some of the leaves, picked as spring greens
June 2016 Very confused winter cabbage begin to form hearts
I am aware of the imminent menace of this year’s generation of caterpillars, and maybe it would be best to eat the cabbages now. But it’s hard to cut them down just yet: pristine; exuberant; and glorious.