Daniel Quintero grew a cabbage fit for a king in Brookwood Elementary School's garden. His 39-pound vegetable will now compete against other cabbages grown by Georgia students to see whose head is biggest.
"It was unreal," said Anna Verhoeff, a Brookwood parent volunteer.
Daniel, 9, grew the cabbage as part of a class project connected to Bonnie Plants Third-Grade Cabbage Program. The company sends free seeds to third-graders across the country. Growers of the biggest cabbages in each state receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Brookwood's students have participated in the past, taking seeds home to cultivate. But this year they grew their cabbages together at the school.
The Brookwood garden sprouted about 100 plants, averaging 30 pounds each, or enough to outweigh three grand pianos, said Verhoeff.
“During recess a lot of the kids liked to work in the garden, so they would come and weed and even sing to the plants," she said.
The Brookwood students donated most of their vegetables to food banks. Daniel got to take his home to eat.
He said plenty of water and care are the secrets to growing a successful cabbage. Even so, he did not expect to win the class contest.
“I was surprised,” he said.
It remains to be seen how Daniel's cabbage compares to those grown in other parts of the state. Last year's winner, from west Georgia, grew a 35-pounder in his grandfather's garden using compost and manure from the Atlanta zoo.
Details for this story were provided by The Dalton (Ga.) Citizen.