My Garden in Late November

It’s hard to be a night owl and a morning person.

But here I am, visiting my garden at sunrise.

My cabbages are doing well, but I don’t know if it’d be ready to harvest by Thanksgiving, that’s next Thursday.

I’m trying to grow them organic, but some have  little green worms that I had to pick them out one by one, not the best way and I need to look into this because there were a few green cabbage worms that I got rid of in the last days or so.

The rest of my fall garden. The string beans are gone, what is left is the English Ivy.


  1. Those cabbage will be very nice steamed and eaten with tum jale (pepper, garlic, salt, a pinch of sugar, lime juice and fish sauce), and of course steamed white rice, warm, right out of the cooker:))

    We just have a lot of mustard greens that mom has been pickling. And I also built a temporary greenhouse for the papaya tree. Hope it will survive the winter.

    • Hi PaNoy, I plan to make spring rolls with the cabbage, but it doesn’t look like it’d be ready for Thanksgiving, maybe by new year. After this harvest, I think I might plant another round.

      It’s kind of cold in our area for Papaya tree to survive, I think if you padded the greenhouse real good, maybe it’ll be okay.

    • seeharhed, cabbages need huge area to grow, they are so crowded in my little planting bed but I’m glad that they look healthy. It must be real pretty in Laos, I saw some of the farms that we passed and they had interesting vegetables growing.

  2. Hey Nye,

    Got this link to garden via Cambree. Have you heard of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden? It’s in Belmont, NC…near Charlotte.

    “Located just minutes from Charlotte in Belmont, N.C., Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is one of the jewels in the Queen City’s crown. Named one of the nation’s 20 Great Gardens in HGTV’s popular book, Flower Gardening, the Garden sits on 380 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie.”

    They even have amateur photography contest it seems:

    Thought you might enjoy it and I know you will take great pictures.

    • Thanks PaNoy, I’ve not heard about this garden, would be a great place to visit and not too far from me. It looks like they open all year round, but late spring might be the best time to visit, I’ve to see if I can convince Bo to go with me. 🙂

  3. The colors in the sun setting picture are really vibrant and I really like the bright orange on the shilloueted black. The picture of the cabbage second from the bottom is also a really nice photo!

    • Hi Maggie, thanks. The photo that looks like a sunset was actually a sunrise, it was cool in the morning and my neighbor’s heat vent was pumping out some smoke, kind of nice to look at. The winter ornament cabbages are nice during the winter, they can stand cold weather, and add colors to the fall/winter garden as well.

  4. Wow those cabbages can be use in so many ways: Spring rolls, Stuff cabbages lao style (meat with lao herbs you know what I mean), cole slaw and of course condiment for larp, Orr lum (luang Pra bang style with beef skin), and Kao punn, and tum mag houng !! yum :0)

    • salalao, I like Tum cabbage especially when I can’t find the papaya, I’ve to pick one just for that to see if it would taste better than the store bought cabbage, but from eating vegetables from my garden, I found that the home grown ones are much better, a lot fresher also. Of course cabbage is also good with Tum Maak Houng. 🙂

    • eerenoon, I guess I live here too long that the Farangness is rubbing off on me. My aunt in Laos said the same thing about me, she said that I look like a Farang when I walk, especially when I wear Sinh and shorts inside. Maybe next time I’ll pass more as a Lao local. 🙂

  5. Hi Nye,
    You are a nite owl and morning person? That is the funniest thing I’ve heard lately. I don’t think I can function with less then 7 hours of sleep. 🙂

    Your autumn garden looks so nice – anytime of the year!

    You are such a good gardener, picking off the bad insects one by one. I’m a bit afraid of worms and caterpillars, but trying to imagine them as the bad guys here. Have you tried to get rid of them with soapy water or vinegar spray? Neem oil spray is another natural option.

    • Cambree, I either stay up real late or getting up extra early, I guess I only need about 4 to 5 hours of sleep, and if I get more than that, then I don’t function very well. 🙂

      The green worms are not very scary, and it’s hard to pick them up with gloves since they’re not that big and would easily slide down the leaves of the cabbage. I might try the vinegar or Neem oil spray, but I don’t feel comfortable with the soapy water. It’s nice to see vegetables growing in the fall/winter, they add colors and textures to the garden.

        • Cambree, thanks, I’ll give the soapy water a try. Even sleeping this little, I still feel like I don’t have enough time, I keep forgetting that there is only 24 hours in a day. 🙂

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