I used to avoid growing vegetables like cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower as I felt the bang for your buck factor was severely lacking. You wait two-three months for your plants to mature, harvest the first head and bang, plant ceases to have a reason for existence beyond caterpillar fodder.
Well so I thought anyway until one of my neighbours told me that if you harvest the main head carefully (without overly damaging the plant) side shoots will sprout and you will be able to harvest a second (albeit mini) crop.
And so we gave it a go.
Gorgeous, crunchy, sweet, five per plant and perfect one meal sized cabbages. And don't they look kind of heart shaped to boot? To be honest I think I prefer them to the giant main cabbages which always seem to split from growing too fast and go wilty in the fridge before we get through a whole head.
And so with this second (and secondary) crop in mind today I planted eight Autumn cabbages. I will give away the first harvest and look forward to the bonus one.