A lot of people don't like garden chores. I like weeding for the most part. It is either a very meditative chore or I do it with my headphones on and listen to audio stories. Either way it is enjoyable - at least when the weather is nice. I don't mind digging the beds. Even double digging the beds means that I will have gotten my exercise for the day and done something useful to boot. I pretty much like all the aspects of gardening. Except one.
This is a most unpleasant task as the earwigs eat right through the cabbage. Unlike slugs that tend to stay toward the outside, earwigs can work their way to the middle if given the time. And they really try. Earwigs give me the heebee jeebees. And as I peeled each layer off I found more. Ick. This year the earwigs were much worse than last year. But I've really only seen them in the Chinese cabbages. I hope they don't get anywhere else. One year earwigs at all the silks off off my corn. Now that would be a tragedy.
Of the four Napa cabbage I only got one small head and two half tiny tiny heads. One was a total loss. Michihili doesn't have tight heads like the Napa. Also unlike the Napa they don't eat the rib parts. So I cut all the green parts off and washed the ribs down well. To me the ribs are the best part of the cabbage. The last Michihili was over 5 lbs. The harvestable parts of this one barely made it past 2. So sad. As it is I probably lost about 10 pounds of cabbage. Which is sad, but not the end of the world. My husband was noticing that my yearly totals haven't been as good as this time last year. This is very true. I'm not too worried though. I still can't eat it all. It just means I won't have as much to give away. I think my townhouse mates aren't getting any Chinese cabbage this year. Sorry guys.