Distressed Cabbage

My cabbage is very worried. And it has a right to be. It lives all alone, no garden bed to surround it, no other cabbages to commune with. The stress is causing it to lose part of many of its leaves.

Or perhaps it isn’t stress that is making my cabbage shed. Perhaps the cause is more sinister. Perhaps it is, once again, Bronwyn!

All 3 of my chickens love all plants in the brassica family. All 3 stick their head through, over and under chicken wire to nibble the tastiest plants. It just always happens to be Bronwyn that I catch in the act. Darn her! Lucky for her she’s so bleedin’ cute or I might be enjoying cabbage soup in chicken broth. Okay, not really. She will never know the inside of a kitchen pot but that doesn’t stop me from threatening her in the most menacing tone of voie 😮


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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10 Responses to Distressed Cabbage

  1. Coop Poop says:

    That’s one beautiful cabbage and one beautiful chicken!! Is it summer in Australia?

    • Summer officially starts here 1 December – right now it’s the height of spring. We’ve had days that hit 90 already and a couple of days ago it got really cold (cold is 50 overnight), wet and windy. The garden grows all year round, the chickens lay all year round, we do have seasons, just not the harsh winters (hooray for that).

      And thanks, I think they are both beautiful too.

  2. vuchickens says:

    Very funny! I like pretending to threaten my chickens too. 🙂 Beautiful photography as well!

  3. We’ve just had the first frost over night here, but I don’t think that will upset our cabbages. Its the caterpillars and slugs that have a go at ours!!

    • We never have frost in Sydney which is a wonderful thing. We also don’t get many slugs either (too hot and dry I suppose). But those caterpillars! The white cabbage moth returned a couple of weeks ago. It took the winter off – wasn’t that a delightful time in the garden. This morning I picked one caterpillar off my broccoli (one of my chickens was delighted with the snack) and squashed dozens of eggs. I have learned that early squishing helps keep the population under control.

      Organic produce can be very time consuming if you want to get your fair share of the edibles out of the mandibles of the nomadic back yard creatures. Good luck rescuing your cabbages.

  4. Charlton Estate Trust says:

    This blog made me laugh!!!!!

  5. gosh that looks like a tasty cabbage – no wonder Bronwyn is impressed.

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