We planted cabbage!

April 22, 2009 at 8:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

By: Anna (Current Farm Manager, Summer 2007)

On a beautiful sunny spring afternoon last week, we set down the first set of roots of the 2009 season.  Cabbage roots, to be specific.  And thanks to the well-drained, south-facing sloping soils of Beebe Hill, we were able to plant nearly a week earlier than ever before.100_3400

This was a good thing, because the cabbage were ready to go, and the sadeh was still cold, wet and solid as flourless chocolate cake.

It was a delightful afternoon, and I was happy to remember the following things about transplanting:

  • you’re crawling on your hands and knees, leaning across the bed, shuffling, moving…it’s a terrific ab workout!
  • the plants look beautiful when you see the whole row, more or less lined up, following the contours of the land
  • when you dig in the dirt, and then you have to wipe the hair out of your face, you get dirt everywhere.  to avoid “wow, you really look like a farmer” comments, it’s best to wash both hands and face before entering the dining hall (or going anywhere else in public!)

Segulah and Andrew helped us on Friday afternoon, and it was great to see how much they enjoyed it after a week of working inside during the Passover retreat.  I forget how wonderful it is to get to work outside every day.

On Sunday I planted another bed, and on Monday Ben F. and Melissa helped me plant the fourth bed.  We’ve got two kinds of green cabbage, a red cabbage and a chinese cabbage variety, enjoying their liberation from cell blocks and exploring the freshly tilled soil of Beebe Hill.

We tucked them all under row cover to keep them a bit warmer and to keep the flea beetles away…this ain’t no insect salad bar, yo.  Hands off.



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  1. They should live and prosper! I just started my first personal batch of sauerkraut this past week… the farmers’ market here in santa cruz is already full of produce! I miss the Sadeh and think of it often…

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