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A world record cabbage in the making?

post #1 of 20
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John in Alaska sent me these pictures. He generally grows giant cabbages which you see in the background. This one seems to be an anomaly. Could it be on a world record track? It will be interesting to see. Mind you this is all organic, no chemicals of any sort!
Here's his e-mail: Bear in mind the basketball shown for reference doesn't appear to be a regulation size, but I estimate it to be at least 8" in dia.

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post #2 of 20
:eek: :eek: :eek:
DAYUM!
chrose-this guy in the matanooska valley by any chance?
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Yep! John is in the Matsu valley, in Palmer over near the Alaska State Fairgrounds.
BTW he e-mailed me yesterday and the Cabbage is up to 4'-6" across.
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Slaw, anyone??
post #5 of 20
I saw similar cabbages last summer in AK outside Fairbanks. It's the gift of the volcanoes, right Chrose?
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That's partially correct Mezz. It's a combination of things, the volcanic and glacier soil is loaded with minerals, long sunny days help, also nature breeding in the genetics of a short growing season and last but not least I have to think that somewhere in the mix is John Evans. You can't grow cabbages in Ak. without knowing about John and his methods, so there might be some of that in there as well.
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chrose, you won't believe it, but the Column One (feature) story on the front page of today's Los Angeles Times is about giant vegetable growing in Alaska! And your friend John Evans is one of the main interviewees. I'm very excited about seeing the competition at the Alaska State Fair when we go this September.

Here's the link to the article: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...home-headlines
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Emily thanks for the link. He e-mailed me a little while back about the interview and said it went well. I told him to send me the article when it was printed, instead I guess I'll send it to him! Thanks.
Here's the latest pic of the little one, he said it's almost 5' across now!
http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/92888...L4xxCBMgPzYu3m
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Hey chrose,
Tried the link but it said I didn't have permission to go there. The nerve!
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post #10 of 20
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Emily, try this link. It's the first picture. By the way I got an e-mail from john this morning and he said:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/chrose...r=6a2d&.src=ph
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post #11 of 20
I know of the Matanuska Valley from some of it's other botanical wonders!!! ;)
post #12 of 20
Thanks chrose. This one works fine. wow!
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An update from John

This picture came yesterday. If you look directly behind him you can see the "normal" large cabbages. Personally I'd be happy if the leaves of my cabbages looked that healthy, let alone the size!
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/chrose...b7.jpg&.src=ph
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post #14 of 20
Yikes! :eek: And those kids don't even look scared! Is he keeping it growing until the fair? How does he protect it (and his other crops) from the critters? I'm guessing they come pretty big and hungry up there too. :D
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post #15 of 20
Wow! Yeah, I saw some almost this big in the reconstructed First Nations village outside Fairbanks last summer.
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post #16 of 20
I don't know what to say! :eek:
post #17 of 20
a cabbage viewable from outer space!
post #18 of 20
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Here's the latest

Right now John has a camera set up to take daily photos which he is setting up for a time lapse display. In this picture you can see the camera tripod. I realize the picture looks Photoshopped, but I can assure you it's not.
Can you spot the giant cabbage?
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post #19 of 20
Yikes :eek: ! I think I'd be afraid to go to sleep anywhere near that thing at night.
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post #20 of 20
Going through this thread reminds me of an episode of "Amazing Stories" where they had a huge pumpkin growing contest. LOL

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