Laney's cabbages grow large

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 5, 2011

SALISBURY — If it’s the growing season, you can bet Arthur Laney will show up at the Post with his cabbages or pictures of his cabbages.
Every year, he tries to grow the biggest cabbages around. The big ones, which were still growing when he brought this picture in, weigh, he guesses, about 20 pounds apiece. He says the cabbage is “heavy, like steel.” Growing things is a good hobby, he says, and he likes to share with friends. He’s also pulled out zucchini up to 18 inches long and weighing at least 7 pounds. His wife, Ardie Laney, makes a lot of zucchini bread. They also grow cantaloupe, spring onions, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and have a big rosemary plant. And they’re still harvesting, despite the heat.
This hand and ‘tomato giving birth’ belong to Belle Elkins of Salisbury who found it on one of her bush-type tomatoes. She used to have other vegetables, but sticks to tomatoes now and says this is one of the smallest she’s had this summer.