“Mommy! I have a cabbage! And I’m gonna get a thousand dollar scholarship!”
When I picked him up from school Tuesday, I was introduced to Gabby.
Evidently, tiny cabbage plants were distributed across the entire 3rd grade and as part of the program, the kids plant and nurture their individual cabbage for entry into a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. Naturally, Colt is already counting his money.
The variety is a Mega-Cabbage and if photos on the internet are to be believed – this thing is gonna be outta control. But first things first — we headed to the store for materials. After successfully harvesting seven cucumbers from his garden last year, Colt considers himself a seasoned farmer and he’d already made plans for a bigger garden in a sunnier spot this year. But it’s still so early, and Jeff convinced us that the unpredictable Arkansas weather could mean frosty trouble for a baby cabbage — so we bought a huge pot instead.
After consulting with the Garden Center staff at Home Depot, Colt chose some food for Gabby. (Note to vegetable food marketers: if you want to win the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program market, just put an eggplant dressed as a vampire on your packaging. Sold!)
He read the instructions, learned how to pronounce bi-o-de-grad-a-ble, and got his hands dirty.
Step #3 was his favorite, and he took tickling the roots VERY seriously.
As the sun set, we finished up and Gabby was in her new home. (He convinced me at Home Depot Gabby would be “lonely” in that giant pot all by herself, so he picked out a dragonfly whirligig to keep her company.)
I made a few Cabbage Patch Kid jokes but couldn’t bring myself to explain to Colt the inexplicably popular vegetable dolls from my childhood. Maybe I’ll save that story for the day we harvest Gabby.
We’ve already moved her to the front porch for more sun and she’s even inside tonight because the temperature is supposed to drop overnight. The pot isn’t as heavy as I imagined, but I’m already wondering if we can put it on wheels…
Welcome to the family, Gabby! Thank you for bringing me an opportunity to say yes to fun, silly things with this fun, silly boy of mine.