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March 8, 2013

Sandown girl is state cabbage-growing winner

Cabbage contest winner hopes for farm and fashion career


Like Natasha, Julianna received a $1,000 savings bond to help pay for college someday. Julianna, 10, hesitated for a moment when asked what she wants to do when she grows up.

She developed such a love for growing plants, she’s considering a career in agriculture. But Julianna also likes fashion design.

“I was thinking I might like to be a farmer,” she said. “But I want to be a fashion designer, too.”

Julianna, describing the satisfaction in growing her 2-inch plant into a colossal cabbage, then made up her mind.

“I’ll do them both,” she said.

It’s that type of confidence which helped Julianna battle the blistering sun, summer heat and pesky cabbage worms to grow an awarding-winning plant.

She and her classmates starting growing their cabbage plants in pots in early spring and harvested the results in late summer.

“I liked growing it because I liked to see how big it could get,” Julianna said. “I learned you have to take care of it every day — you just can’t leave it.”

Michelle Double said the contest was a valuable learning experience for her daughter.

“I am very proud,” she said. “She was very dedicated to that little cabbage.”

The key to Julianna’s success was combating the numerous worms that tried to devour her cabbage, the mother said. Keeping the plant watered regularly also made a big difference, she said.

Julianna had a little help along the way — receiving advice and assistance from her mother, father Ken Double and 7-year-old sister, Gabriella.

When it came time to harvest the cabbage, there was no fight at the family dinner table over who would get the largest portion.

“We don’t particularly love cabbage,” Michelle Double said.

So, it was given to her mother, Carol Ducrow, who lives nearby. Ducrow loves coleslaw — and made lots of it and stuffed cabbage stew.

Julianna said she felt a little sad harvesting her cabbage, but didn’t mind giving it to her grandmother.

“I really didn’t want any coleslaw,” she said politely.

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