Laced with tiny holes and not, perhaps, the most beautiful cabbage you’ve ever laid eyes on, but here it is. I am so delighted! In past years I’ve had some success with carrots, zucchinis and cherry tomatoes, but could I really coax a seed to germinate, and then baby it a while, transplant it and grow something like an eggplant, cabbage or cauliflower? This year I was determined to try.

My zucchini, as always, is producing well. Just one plant has offered us six zucchinis (so far) and, with a few more plants soon to reach maturity, I’m going to need some suggestions (maybe from you?) about what we can do other than frying it, adding a little salt and oil to thin strips (for a salad) or cutting it into tiny squares for future soups.

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On the topic of eggplant. Am I missing something? I grew these from seed. They took a while to adjust, once planted outside – for days they looked pale and wimpy, but after about a month they thickened and began throwing out blossoms… which… I presume… are supposed to turn into fruit. If all the other plants are producing fruit from flowers, why aren’t these ones? What is wrong with my eggplant flowers?

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But back to the plants I feel most proud of: my cabbages. One cabbage makes a LOT of coleslaw, which quickly becomes boring if made the same way every time. Can you help me? In the comments below or by e-mailing, will you share with me your favourite coleslaw recipe?

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