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by Albert Brian Vick  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator 

It’s time to plant the “cole” crops: Brassica (Cruciferae) family members like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Five intrepid volunteers joined us for Fall planting day at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. “Intrepid” because they had no idea of the task before us: Get on our knees and plant 150 cauliflower plants and 225 broccoli plants within the three hour work session. The beds had been tilled. The team laid the soaker hoses and the planting process began.

Laura Schumm deserves kudos for staying overtime to finish planting.

Laura Schumm deserves kudos for staying overtime to finish planting.

Megan Bowman does the math: 225 broccoli plants divided by 5 volunteers = 45 holes per person. That's just for the broccoli patch. The 150 Cauliflower plants have already been planted.

Megan Bowman does the math: 225 broccoli plants divided by 5 volunteers = 45 holes per person. That's just for the broccoli patch. The 150 Cauliflower plants have already been planted.

Down in the dirt, many rows to go, volunteers dig in.

Down in the dirt, many rows to go, volunteers dig in.

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