Back into the Garden

I bet you were starting to think that there wasn’t much ‘garden’ left in this Sonoma Garden, weren’t you? Well now that all the other to-do list chores have been caught up on, we were able to plant a few things for fall which I’ll be sharing with you this week. The first thing to note is that if all works out well, we are going to be having cabbage coming out of our ears soon. We’ve planted both red and green cabbage, all starts from our favorite nursery, Sonoma Mission Gardens. We haven’t had great success with cabbage in the past, it just hasn’t formed very well. But being the gardening masicists that we are, we are trying again.

We’ve also grown some Napa Cabbage from seed. This is the first time we’ve grown that so I’m anxious to see how it works.
Napa Cabbage

And while this isn’t cabbage, look, the raddiccio is actually starting to form! We planted these seeds quite a while ago, maybe six weeks ago or so?
I was starting to feel pretty ho-hum about the progress of our yard at the end of summer, but now that we’ve pulled out all of the old, ugly stuff it’s rejuvinating to get some new happy green growth back.
Update: Carrie asked for some cabbage growing tips so I thought I would share some things that we’ve read. Now mind you we are not cabbage experts, so we are learning from this too. Cabbages like a sunny spot with well drained soil. They are also heavy feeders and heavy drinkers, so be prepared to give them ample nutrients and water. Heavy mulching is also a good idea. While the cabbages are still young you can interplant them with lettuce and radishes since they have such a short growing period. Where as cabbage takes anywhere from 60-180 days to mature depending on the type you are growing. If you want to read more, check out Mother Earth New’s article.


Filed under 1, Growing Challenge, Leafy Greens, Seeds, State of the Garden

9 responses to “Back into the Garden

  1. Hello,
    I’m getting ready to divide some Irises next week and would love to share with you. I’ve got some very pretty white, purple, blue and even some black ones. Send me an email if you would like some for your garden.

  2. I just thought I would let you know how much I enjoy your blog! This is my first gardening year in Petaluma, and actually my first time ever gardening vegetables. Your blog is very informative and it will help me decide what to plant when. I really want to keep the vegetables going throughout the year. Are there any specifics to growing cabbage here that we should know? Does it need full sun, lots of water, etc.? When do you think you will harvest it?

    I look forward to seeing your fall garden! Thanks for the wonderful posts!

  3. asonomagarden

    Hi Sarah! I would love to have some of your iris. I’ll send you and e-mail soon. That’s so sweet of you. I already ripped out those aweful copper colored ones, I don’t suppose you want those? 🙂

    Carrie, thanks for the nice comment. I added some cabbage growing tips to the post and a link to a great article about them. It’s nice to hear from another local!

  4. Thank you so much for all the info on cabbages. I’m inspired to get out there and plant again.

  5. So nice to see some fresh green coming from the garden (that’s not grass or weeds=)) My plan for a fall garden got nixed because the of the bunny that took up residence and transformed it into a nursery, but I’m okay with that. Maybe I can live vicariously through yours? I look forward to seeing more pics.

  6. asonomagarden

    Megan, how fun that you have a bunny family in your yard! Of course it’s not good for the garden, but what a great thing for your family to watch.

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