lotsa, lotsa cabbage

If the bag is labeled Idaho potatoes and I cut one or two up to capture the eyes and plant them in my Florida garden – are the resulting potatoes Idaho potatoes or Florida potatoes? I’m calling them Florido or Floraho’s – that assumes they’ll survive and thrive. A few years back I tried my luck with potatoes and was nominally successful but the current garden soil is an order of magnitude better (for root crops) so my expectations are higher.
Check out this cabbage. It’s a new variety called Murdoc and is touted as excellent for slaw and cabbage salad. We’ll confirm or deny that later this week. The entire row you see includes 4 cabbage varieties including Chinese. We picked one of the Chinese last week and split it right down the middle – half for us, half for George and Barbara. That monster had to weigh 15 pounds; the Murdoc in the pic is about 10.

row of cabbageMurdoc cabbage picked

One thing that’s changed this season is that George and Barbara along with their grandson and his wife are more aggressively picking. There’s still plenty and we’ve given loads and loads of produce to Nancy’s bridge ladies and her quilting buddy Esther so it’s actually nice to see it being eaten this year. In past years we’ve ended up tossing quite a bit into the compost pile as it went past it’s prime and bolting – I hated that. It’s feeling like that’s not going to happen this year. The biggest hit is the accidental New Zealand spinach that totally self seeded from last year. I took 6 large grocery bags up to Crescent City to the bridge club last week and could do that this week if I want. Nancy loves creamed spinach and insists that I should like it too so we’re going to try to make some using the New Zealand spinach. She tells me it takes quite a bit of spinach to make a decent side dish so if I like it, we sure have what seems to be an infinite supply. I didn’t think I’d really like radish soup but she whipped up another big pot the other day and we really enjoyed it. It uses the total plant – root and greens – so there’s no cleanup, no waste and nutritionally loaded.

George and I went out fishing for spec’s this morning and for a couple of hours was catching one with every cast. They’re still running smaller than in previous years but there’s certainly no shortage. I’ve also gone out a few times this week fishing for bass – it’s seasonally a little early but we’ve had a nice warm winter (so far). I managed to pick up a few small ones each trip so I’m happy with that.

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