What to decorate beds late fall with? Cabbage!
“And eat it? No, admire it!“ (from the animated film “Umka“). It can be told not only about the moon. About decorative cabbage too. Though is it it is quite possible. But it is not necessary. Bitter it. But beautiful!
... There was it in 2011. The beginning of December, I go on the broken rural street. Slush, dirt, naked branches of trees, the dried-up flowers on beds. And suddenly - such oasis of unwritten beauty: the lodge is painted with bright paints, the entrance to the house is filled accurately up with small filling brick, beds of colored car tires... But the main thing - violet, pink and a different shade green (from light-salad to dark-green) as if it it is more correct to tell the leaves of the most improbable forms in these beds which did not wither at all, on the contrary … Radiating with life!
Did not sustain, stopped. It was knocked in a gate. The woman with the friendly person very much was surprised, having heard my question: “What for flowers such what grow even in December?“ “Yes it cabbage! It about New year does not fade. And then we cut off and to cattle we cut for a forage“.
Cabbage? To my surprise just there was no limit. But put, put … But here as the fates decree again it appeared in that godforsaken to a small village. And again saw these cabbage “beds“. My God, what beauty! In rainy - that (in the south of Russia) November!
So, decorative cabbage. What at us in Russia is still perceived as exotic is habitual in Japan, North America, northern Europe for a long time...
Grades of such cabbage great variety! It is direct as in a children`s rhyme: “Different - different, blue, red!“ And still is as undersized - up to 40 cm high (grades “Sparkle“, “Relay“), and tall - to 2 meters of a kapustishcha with trailing half-meter leaves! Plants, different in the general form: kolonnovidny, roundish, flattened, treelike. Sockets of rounded shapes can be in the diameter more half a meter (a grade “Osaka“). The form of a leaf can be in general the most fantastic. So at cabbage of a grade “Koral Quinn“ reminds a classical sea coral. By the way, and color too.
The decorative cabbage is not afraid of autumn frosts and easy frost at all. Besides, after the first frosts the painting pigment of leaves becomes brighter! I.e. beds ordinary-looking for the time being with cabbage suddenly “blossom“ after the first morning frosts! And in general, the cabbage maintains, speak, to 18 degrees of a frost then leaves all - lose a bright color and get an ugly gray shade. But it is possible to make more cunning: to dig out plants with a big lump of the earth and to plant them in house pots. Let live and are pleasing to the eye.
It is the best of all to grow up cabbage from the seedling bought in specialized firm or in the market. The monthly seedling very easily gets accustomed, the main thing - regularly to water plants. And here seeds of decorative cabbage very small, at germination are very subject to defeat by fungal diseases, wreckers etc. When landing by seeds directly in soil it is better to mix seeds with small sand in the ratio on volume 1:10.
The cabbage very much loves light, watering and soils rich with humus. And the cabbage is very much loved by different garden wreckers. Therefore it is recommended to spray cabbage beds... sorry, beds superphosphate solution (100 g on 10 l of water - both fertilizer, and protection against caterpillars of a butterfly - white butterflies) and to fill up the soil under plants with wood ashes for protection against slugs.
Leaves of decorative cabbage are edible, though are bitterish on taste. However if to freeze them and to thaw, this bitterness vanishes. And here such “freezed“ escapes can already be prepared as usual cabbage.
By the way, that who has no kitchen garden. And try to grow up decorative cabbage on a balcony or on a window sill. Undersized grades perfectly grow in big flowerpots.
And in the yards of multi-storey buildings it is possible to seed decorative cabbage on any free plot of land and to observe late fall not dirt and slush, and the fact that the great Russian poet A. S. Pushkin called “eyes a charm“.