I’m 1/2 Scottish. My mother (infant pictured above with my Grandpa, Aunt Helen, and Granny) immigrated in 1956. My Grandpa, let’s call him Jimmy because that was his name, grew up on a farm with 12 siblings and continued working in gardens and with livestock all of his life. When he harvested a cabbage, he would mark a cross (+) on the remaining stump. I didn’t really know why; but my mother encouraged me to continue this practice. Recently, I purchased an old knife at a local gun shop to use in the garden. I used it to cross the remaining stumps. I found out that spring and early summer varieties may be induced to produce secondary heads by cutting a cross in the top of the stem. It didn’t work in my garden. Maybe next time.To be clear. St. Patrick’s Day is not celebrated in my home nor my mother’s home. She insists on wearing orange on that day in Protestant fashion. Her saint of choice is St. Andrew. MacDuh!Last weekend, I harvested the last of the cabbage to share with associates at work that do celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Please click on the St. Patrick’s Day link with your speakers on.
Note: The soil looks completely spent. The bed is due to be amended before summer plantings are established here.