Everyone’s been asking for an update on our fall brassicas that we planted a month or so ago and We like to give the people what they want. So here we go If this is your first time on our channel, welcome go ahead and hit that subscribe button below and that bell button So you get notified every time we come out with a new video if you’re a frequent viewer of our channel It’s always good to have you back So this here is the first plot of brassicas that we planted for fall in our dream garden here We planted this back when it was still pretty warm and had to kind of baby these guys along we’ve got kale lacinato kale Tiger Collards We’ve got green magic broccoli and some white Cauliflower on the ends a snowball variety. Let’s take a look and see how each individual crop is doing So first off here, we’ve got our Tiger collards and if you look down there, those stalks you can see where they’ve already been stripped We’ve already harvested these guys Two or three times and they just keep growing and growing. Like I said one of the most productive crops You can grow in the garden. We haven’t really had any worm issues We’ve been keeping them sprayed at least once a week with a rotation of BT and spinosad And so we hadn’t had any really worm issues and they’re just looking really good now And you’ll see this a couple times over again as we go through these plots I’ve got some of these random kind of I don’t know what to call them I call them hot spots where I just didn’t have very good look with my transplants It’s not a huge space we back up here we can see but just about three or four plants there just didn’t take And all I can figure is maybe I just got too much of my manure in there and didn’t get it tilled in good enough in that spot, but Just didn’t grow well in that spot there, but that’s why we plant several rows. We’ve got plenty of collards But I’ll show you another couple spots here in a little bit where we just didn’t get anything to grow kind unusual, but Too much compost and too much manure, that’s all I can figure. Secondly here. We’ve got our Lacinato kale and you can see where we’ve been harvesting that as well. We’ve already harvested this once or twice and Of all the things we planted in this crop The one thing that all the transplants took really well was this lacinato kale we didn’t really lose any plants With this stuff so this stuff Grows really well once transplanted and Just been really really happy as always with the production on this. We’ve got some nice big leaves on some of these guys And as long as we keep plucking it and harvesting it these will grow on up and get Three foot tall four foot tall sometimes even five foot tall just a really really productive crop for the winter and fall garden and When it gets cool, like it’s supposed to be tonight Some good old kale soup will warm your soul. Moving along in this plot. The next thing we’ve got is our green magic broccoli here. We’ve got some nice Big plants here. Nice big leaves No, broccoli heads or florets forming yet But it won’t be long. But anytime you’ve got really big plants usually that translates into some really nice Broccoli heads now Here’s another one of those Kind of hot spots I was telling you about where just had a few plants that just didn’t take kind of strange to me but just happened and some reason these spots don’t seem to drain very well either so it could be a combination of maybe too much manure and just Bad draining spot. I may need to come in here and amend this with some Some finer soil some potting mix or something sand Something other to get it draining better, but for the most part we’ve got a good stand of broccoli We just got a little skip spot here. Now a lot of people been asking With the cold temperatures on broccoli and stuff. How will they handle it? The plants will handle freezing temps fine, but If you’ve got heads starting to form down here You definitely don’t want to let those get frozen because they’ll just turn to mush so it’s kind of a tricky proposition Where your plants will do fine throughout some frost and freezing temps if you got crowns forming and them freezing temps coming along you either need to harvest what you got or cover them up use some row cover or something like that because Last thing you want is to come out the next morning and all your broccoli heads. Just be turned to mush and then lastly we’ve got our White snowball cauliflower here and some of these are just starting to wrap down there we don’t have any cauliflower head yet, but it shouldn’t be long and These plants are looking nice and big as well. Same thing with tjhe broccoli big cauliflower plants usually mean big cauliflower heads and same thing with the freeze The plants can take it but those heads can’t so If once we get these heads forming on these guys we want to be careful and watch out for those freezing temperatures Because we don’t want those heads getting mushy Dealing with a freeze we need to cover them or just harvest what we got before that freeze comes. Alright, so that was plot number one that we planted and then the second plot we planted Was right here right behind it. Where we’ve got some green cabbage some red cabbage Some more kale some of the kind of frilly leaf kale blue knight kale. We’ve got rutabagas and we’ve got purple cauliflower On the end. So let’s see, how each of these are doing so starting off with my green cabbage here and of all the fall brassicas I planted these are the ones I’m probably most proud of this is a variety of green cabbage called Cheers and man These plants are huge I haven’t grown cabbage in a couple years just because I didn’t have room but with the with my new dream garden, I’ve got plenty of room and I got four rows of it planted and Look at those leaves right there. I don’t know if you can tell how big they are But you can look at them compared to little tiger there and they’re a lot bigger than he is. So these things are kind of just starting to wrap and form a head there But if those big outside leaves are any indication we’re gonna have some huge heads of cabbage Now they’re not all the same size These right here a little bigger than what’s on the rest of them. I’ve got a few here that not quite as big as the others, but that’s okay because that will just help us lengthen our harvest window so we can harvest the big ones first and then kind of Get the little ones as they come along. We don’t have to get in here and harvest them all at the same time so that’s not a problem, but Really looking forward to seeing how big these guys get and like I said I’m just really really happy with this Cheers variety best looking cabbage I’ve ever grown And then we’ve got our red cabbage here and this is a variety called Rio Grande and some of those there are Just kind of creeping along but if we walk down the row this way We’ve got some pretty dang good ones Those are pretty big. Those are about the same size as some of those Cheers cabbages over there These Rio Grande Red cabbage heads are supposed to be really really big some of the biggest red cabbage out there so Just like with the green cabbage it’ll be alright, if they don’t all be the same size we have a longer harvesting window and the good thing about growing these this time of year is with almost anything in the fall garden your harvest window is Extended because you don’t have to worry about things bolting because the temperatures are cooling. So you can take your time picking everything just pick it as you need it as you want it You don’t have to worry about picking it and putting it all up at one time. And the third crop in this garden. Here is our blue night kale and this stuff is absolutely Beautiful there. This is the kind of kale does great in soups, but it’s also A really good kale to make a kale salad you just eat raw has a really really nice texture on it And I’ve grown this style of kale before. I’ve never gone this blue knight variety, which is an improved variety and I’m gonna tell you I’m a big fan already. I really like this blue knight kale here. Now if we look over here, we’ve got us another one of those little hotspots. Just kind of randomly in the middle of these plots Where we didn’t have About well four plants there just didn’t take but the rest of this kale is looking pretty good. So I’ll show you the difference between Harvested and what hadn’t been harvested so these guys here I came in here and Harvested yesterday So that’s why those stalks look bare on the bottom. We leave a few leaves on top and then these guys haven’t been harvested yet, but will be harvested soon so this is what they look like when they’re really full ready to be harvested and then We leave them like this Gotta leave a few leaves on the top. So them plants can continue to photosynthesize and just like the Lacinato kale these things to get three or four foot tall come spring and then we’ve got our rutabagas and If you saw our most recent episode of our row by row garden show, were we talking about eating these rutabaga greens And I’ve been harvesting these guys we can see some over here that are Already harvested these one time but I can probably harvest them again these leaves get really really big And you can harvest the leaves off just two or three plants and have you a nice mess of greens So I picked these greens Yesterday and just like with the kale. I just been leaving a few leaves on the top there now we are getting some roots starting to form there and I’ve never grown rutabagas before so I’ve just been really interesting see watching this how these plants progress Now these roots here look a little bit kind of elongated initially And I don’t know if that’s normal or not. So if your experience rutabaga grower out there you can tell me do those start to get more round or Did I do something wrong with them looking elongated like that. Guess we’ll just have to see with it If you’ve got experience with that definitely put something in the comments below And let me know. As far as our market farming operation goes I just kind of feel silly that I haven’t been growing rutabagas all these years With these greens here. They just keep making while those roots Are slowly getting bigger man this is a super productive crop To grow in the garden because you’re getting those greens off of it and then once those roots get bigger we’ll have another item that we can harvest off these and Just so as far as the sheer biomass of produce that we get I should have been growing rutabagas a long time ago, but I’m hooked now and These will be a staple of my cool weather garden for years to come And the last crop in this plot is our purple cauliflower this is a variety called Graffiti and you can always tell it’s purple cauliflower because the Stems down there on kind of inside the plant and those inside leaves Will have a kind of purplish tent to them and these plants are looking really good Couldn’t be happier with how these look but didn’t really lose any of these all these two really well So don’t have any heads it shouldn’t be long before they start wrapping this purple cauliflower Has a longer maturity date then your standard white cauliflower it takes a little longer We just have to be patient with this But when it does produce those purple heads are beautiful and they’re pretty tasty and they’re really good for you. So with the exception of those couple hot spots there those plots are doing really really well We’ve already been harvesting a lot of stuff from there and still have a lot of crops to harvest there with our cabbage And waiting on the rutabagas to get bigger and of course with broccoli and the cauliflower so two Pretty dang good plots now. I want to show you one that’s not doing so well so this is our third plot we planted and this one is the one that Is just doing ok or a little less than ok As you’ll see here in a minute, you can see with that row of flowers there lot of the plants didn’t make it and then We walk down the line here You can see on the far end of the garden there things look pretty good. But on my end here where I’m standing Things don’t look very good at all I know exactly what happened here once I started thinking about it, so once I incorporated or was incorporating That chicken manure compost in here. I Tilled it in one time and I was gonna till it in one more time just because This area right here is just kind of sticky the soil is and it just needed to be tilled one more time so I was tilling it from left to right instead of up and down as you see it and About half way along there old Troy run out of gas and broke down on me and I couldn’t get him cranked back up So I was a few days without a tiller there and I didn’t get to till this bottom half here and It I’ve since tilled it as I’m gonna replant some of this stuff But it just created this this area that wouldn’t drain it was almost kind of I don’t know anoxic it just Plants wouldn’t grow in it. I was too much manure and just not tilled in good enough. Anyway, we’ve since coming here and corporated it a lot better But that’s the reason why some of this stuff on this end just didn’t grow well, but if you look there on the far end It’s looking pretty good. Now I’ve came in and replanted a few things and still gonna replant some stuff here, but lesson learned there To get that chicken manure compost tilled in really well or else we have some of them hot spots where stuff just won’t grow so let’s talk about each row individually and what we’ve got here what we’re able to salvage and what we had to scrap so first row here is where we planted our calendula our cool weather flowers and several of these are looking pretty good like that guy there but then we’ve got a section where Lost a lot of them and it’ll come down here we’ve got some more that look pretty good and if I would have had something else to plant here, I might would have scrapped this but I’ve never really grown these before. I’m really interested to see how they look and how they do. We can see a little Bloom head forming there. So just kind of been patient with these guys yeah, it’s not ideal to have half the row gone, but Wait and see what we get here Just as a trial growing these things to see if I want to grow them again in the future The ones the plants did make it look really but the plants that didn’t make it be really really nice. So in an ideal situation Probably a great cool weather flower crop now over here to our beets. We’ve got three double rows of beets the first one here we’ve got early wonder tall top and we’ve got Kestrel and then we’ve got our Touchstone gold beets there. Now this is really interesting to me. What happened here, so These this first row here the early wonder tall top, which is a great variety. I’ve grown it for many many years just Didn’t do well in this plot here. I mean they’re making it they’re creeping along but They should be a lot bigger than that on the other hand this Kestrel Variety here looks absolutely Fantastic nice, big old leaves on it and it may be too dark, but you can see there maybe got beet roots already forming a lot of those are Size of a quarter or half dollar all those transplants made it and they just look really good The early Wonder for some reason didn’t do as well in this plot And then the touchstone gold looks like some of the other stuff in here Where on this side of the garden. It doesn’t look that great if we go down here towards the end we’ve got some nice looking plants. So, uh You know, we’ll be able to salvage a good amount of beets from here but a lesson learned, you know I’m pretty sure I know what caused this down here. So Be able to hopefully prevent that from happening in the future Another good lesson here is that this Kestrel variety is just absolutely awesome now this empty space right here Is where I think I had some Brussel sprouts some green brussel sprouts that just didn’t make it they just didn’t take very well. And so I took the tiller in there and tilled them up and I’ve got some bok choy transplants I’m gonna throw a double row in there probably this afternoon Here’s another row of green Brussels sprouts. These did a little bit better that plant there looks really good and then we’ve got some that look pretty bad and then Down the end of the row they look pretty good. What’s crazy is that these red Brussels sprouts right here this red bull variety Looks really really good. Almost all those plants made it and These really like those kind Of over fertile conditions, which I guess I’ve gotten here where I didn’t get it tilled in good But all the red bull Brussels sprouts did really well We’ve got at least a half a row on the green once we can salvage. It should be nice and then we’ve got kohlrabi Just like with some of the other stuff this side of the row looks Fantastic where I got that stuff tilled in good This side of the row looks bare were I didn’t get it tilled in good and I had to ditch one-row kohlrabi and I came in here yesterday and planted two rows of this Savoy king savoy cabbage and I made sure to till it end good before I planted that So that should do pretty well. And then lastly we’ve got some purple kohlrabi and That did okay for the most part down here at the end We’ve got a few that we lost but this purple kohlrabi is starting to bulb here got some nice leaves on it and We can see in there Starting to get a little bit of bulb formation. So won’t be long for these guys are ready will wait till they get about tennis ball-sized or so before we cut those. So when we have failures in the vegetable garden like we had a couple on that last plot I showed you it’s okay It’s going to happen Even when you’re a really experienced gardener if you’ve been doing this for 50 years you’re still going to have some failures from one year to the next The one thing to make sure you do is when you do have failures try to learn from them try to figure out why that happened and Try not to do it again. So in this case, I know I probably put a little too much manure down there Another thing was I was loading at the wheelbarrow dumping it spreading out with a rake. I don’t think that’s the way to go I think grabbing a shovel and kind of just Slinging it across the plot is better I think those hot spots may be where I dump the wheelbarrow and I didn’t get it spread out enough. So Kind of learn from there Don’t just dump it in there spread it out a little more evenly and get it tilled in nicely You know, I know the the no-till army likes to come after me sometimes when I talk about tilling the soil, but you know That’s a good indication right there If we don’t till that soil It just doesn’t drain does it have good aeration and stuff just doesn’t grow it and you can see drastically the difference one half versus the other half that was tilled twice versus the one that was only tilled once so In our case there tilling was very necessary Just to get some Drainage and airflow into that soil. So I hope you enjoyed that kind of midterm report on our fall brassicas We’ll have to do another update On some of these crops like the cabbage the broccoli the cauliflower get closer to completion and we get ready to harvest those If you’re interested in any of the varieties that we talked about in this video We have all of those on our seeds page I’ll put a link to that below so you can go check that out if you enjoyed this video Give us a big like, give us a big thumbs up, give us a big share, and we will see you guys next time.

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48 thoughts on “The Biggest Cabbage We’ve Ever Grown!”

  1. That garden is eye candy ,should be in a garden magazine,or tiger got hungry. I used to put a publix plastic grocery bag over the heads if it was going to freeze over night.

  2. I have the spots like that out in the big fields and usually it’s a low place and it holds little to much moisture and the sun will scauled it . could be the litter . I also would like to know how the fall crop of sweet corn turned out? I wanted to try it but I keep counting my days when you did it and it just wasn’t enough time in northeast Arkansas. Thanks for the tour.

  3. I had some brassicas look stunted like that, but it was because of mole crickets. The mole cricket would chomp them off on the stem below the ground and they'd re-root. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. When I found them I offered the mole crickets to the chicken goddesses and they happily accepted. We were blessed with 5 below 0 F last night, so Southeastern weather is looking like Summertime right now. Even with the bald spots, y'alls garden is looking good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Were having a 10 degree day up here in south Tn today…got all my brassicas put under plastic trying to keep the ice off em…hope they make it cause mine are huge this year too,hate to lose em all over one cold snap..Yours lookin nice buddy👍

  5. Beautiful garden, Travis! Oh, how I wish I had more garden space!! I'm so envious! And yes, rutabagas look a little elongated in the beginning – They'll "fatten" up. As for the "no till" army, that method works in some places, but it certainly doesn't seem to work well for me here in Central Florida, either.

  6. I have been growing cabbage for many years and have tried many different varieties. 3 years ago I tried Cheers for the first time and will never go back to any other. Nice size solid heads, fantastic flavor and it freezes great after blanching. Who ever named the variety got it right. Nice tour of you fall garden. Thumbs up to Tiger.

  7. My dogs found out that kale taste good 🤦 we will have to put a fence on that raised bed 😒
    However I did enjoy your walk thru, nothing prettier than a growing garden!

  8. Travis my whole garden was this away. I had put cotten hulls in last fall plus lots of rain from April to June hurt mine had lots of hot spots.

  9. The gardens are looking great to me. I want to try a green cabbage and a cauliflower that can do well here in zone 6a. I used this year to determine the okra, beans, tomatoes, peppers I want to keep growing. Totally failed on the broccoli. I think I will be 100 years old and still be trying to decide my favorites on some of these veggies!

  10. Travis on some of your small plants check for root maggots they will cause damage that looks that way.
    They can be brought in on composted .

  11. Oh my gosh, your garden plots are lovely — to my way of thinking, they are "eye candy"! Growing this time of year also means the pest pressure is lower. Rutabagas are a key ingredient in the pasties that our family makes. Glad to see you growing them! That last bed…oh, I am sorry that the chicken manure burned it. Best wishes from Kate in Olympia, WA

  12. Travis, i do not think i have ever heard you mention spinach in the video's i have watched, which is a lot. I love spinach and it is easy to grow and takes the cold pretty good also.

  13. I like that you said learn from your mistakes. Learn from it so you don't repeat it. I thought I knew a lot when I started gardening years ago. But I have learned so much from watching you and your dad.

  14. Now have you ever sat back and looked at the big picture of your garden plots…. does it look like it's a big low spot or no? Could you take a subsoiler or ripper to your hotspots? I know back home we had construction machines… a big loader and a grader and raised the garden up a foot and graded it so it would drain to one end… it was over 200 foot long and about 80 foot wide… but ever since I got married with children I haven't been able to do it like I want to anymore lol… over half the garden was sweetcorn… sure do miss it

  15. I know kale is popular now but I’ve been eating it since the late 80’s / early 90’s. My dad went to a farm store for greens seeds back then & they had kale seeds so he tried growing it & we all loved it so he grew it yearly after that until he quit planting a garden because of moving.
    He grew up on a south Georgia farm & was the oldest of 7 kids so planting a garden every year was just something normal to him. I wasn’t too fond of having to put up the veggies as they got ready because it all seemed to happen at once & during the hottest part of the year but I sure enjoyed eating them later. We had 2 freezers we’d try to fill up. We always had some pecans in there that were “cracked” but that was a joke back then compared to how well they do them now & in my younger years we always went to Barney to pick peaches to put up. We’d put up corn both on the cob & creamed, peas, beans, yellow squash, etc.

  16. Ooh thanks for that update Travis. You’ve done brilliantly there – those weird hotspots are a mystery. Maybe you could throw some spinach seed in….? You’re a born gardener – with a diet like that you’re gonna live to 150. Don’t ever sell that land!

  17. New Mexico missed Fall and went into winter. Supposed to in 20s tonight. I have everything under row covers so we will see if it all survives.

  18. Will have to harvest all my broccoli. Would have lost 7 or 8 heads if I did not watch this video with hard freeze coming tonight. Thanks for the tip and all your helpful videos!

  19. What do you call a big cabbage? 15 pounds? 20? bigger? I routinely get 20+ pound heads from a variety called Ruby Perfection. This year I grew 2 plants of a variety called Filderkraut. Each weighed just over 50 pounds.

  20. It makes me wonder how well the chicken manure was composted. Good finished compost should not affect plants in a negative way. Unless they kept enough moisture and turned those windrows in the chicken houses often enough, it probably was way too hot. Take a soil sample in one of the bad spots and have it analyzed, you might learn something. The cole crops all look beautiful, otherwise. I always say, " if I live to one hundred, I'll still only know about 25% about gardening cause every year it's something new mother nature is going to teach me-the hard way."

  21. Patches like that can be caused by what is fed or used for bedding. There are some herbicides used now that will kill brassicas but not grasses like corn. Aminopyralids

  22. Most gardeners can't justify it, but between you and Greg, you probably can justify having one of those small trailers with a belt, that slings (more evenly distributes) soil amendments. I think they still sell them at Northern… don't have one, my footprint is way too small for that by myself. Glad to see that even college educated agriculture folks have the same problems I do.

    Gardening is as much an art as it a science, and it's impossible to control all the variables all the time.

    My carrots are finally coming up… planted all but one last plot of my cover crops yesterday, and then just ran out of time… Saturday I'll finish that up. All in all my garden is looking really good.

    Having a little tiller trouble myself, but Richard is going to fix me up… time to re-power my very old BCS… probably get a larger one at the same time… you know the rule… two is one, one is none… that's what I just keep telling my wife… I'll let you know if it ever works! 🙂

  23. Your Tiger Collards are lookin' scrumptious. I don't worry about white cabbage moths bc our frost soon follows. We had snow squalls and cold temps all day going into evenin' yesterday. I wonder what broccoli greens taste like? Based on your information broccoli would not be a good thing to plant in zone 6 Pittsburgh, PA. I hear your Blue Jays:-) Your huge cabbages are lookin' great! I think I prefer to grow Brussels bc my mom makes them great in the oven with balsamic glaze and bacon bits. In zone 6 I have to start Brussels in trays bc the slugs eat my seeds in this wet climate. Blue Night Kale looks like parsley from afar. Now I'm interested in eating Rutabaga greens based on your show. Calendulas are nice to grow. The hard seeds look like bad curled toenails:-) The drop hard seed and volunteer the following spring. Always remember the Barefoot Gardener of TN says "till until you don't have to till":-) don't till bc I'm a home gardener and don't have a tiller. It is winter and I am now winter killing my Oilseed Radishes which will leave a nice till to the soil. My worms will enjoy eating the decaying Radishes and they will in turn aerate my soil! In previous years I spent a lot of time planting cardboard. I am now affording the luxury of donating my cardboard to the borough's recycle where they make compost out of it which is free and available to borough residents.

  24. Hi Travis. Do you sell the seed for the things you are growing? I am interested in the broccoli and the purple cauliflower. Also, is it best to harvest the leaves from the bottom up? Asking because I always cherry pick the leaves from where ever I find ones I want making sure I leave enough for the plant to continue to thrive. I really enjoy watching you work in your garden. The best to you and yours.

  25. Garden looks great ,chicken manure is powerful stuff we spread it thin and plough it in.Never cropped swede leaves, grow them  for the roots have cut them in the spring when they start to regrow.

  26. I planted rutabagas last year for the first time. I’ve never seen anything produce like that. I bet they outproduced the purple top turnips 5-10x in terms of biomass. I planted some in August and I bet I have some roots in the range of 3-4 lbs. it’s crazy how well they grow. I’m never growing turnips again. Of course with my discovery or Mangel beets I’m never growing chard again. You outta grow some red mangels. It’s a game changer.

  27. I'm officially jealous of the first two plots! And this helped me make up my mind about tilling for next Spring… I 'was' kinda on the fence, but definitely do not want to take that chance. Thanks again Travis!

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