Committed 3rd-grader grows 31-pound cabbage

June 15th, 2020

The garden’s become somewhat of a sanctuary amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The joy of nurturing plants from seeds to saplings – there’s nothing quite like getting your hands dirty while the wind blows back your hair. The garden also acts as a fertile playground for children and fostering education.

The summer months are almost upon us, so why not enjoy the great outdoors? Grab some seeds and a shovel. Plus, it’s hard to stay cooped up inside for so long. But remember to keep abiding by social distancing recommendations!

With schools out of physical session, one young girl, 3rd-grader Kyra Sutton of Acme-Delco Elementary School in Riegelwood, North Carolina, decided to take her most recent school project to an arguable extreme.

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Months ago, her school distributed small cabbage plants for students to cultivate as a part of their “Third Grade Cabbage Program” assignment. Kyra was able to secure two of them.

I wish my elementary school was as proactive as hers. I didn’t know a single thing about gardening for way too long…

Viewing her assignment as a wholesome learning opportunity, Kyra proceeds to plant her cabbages in her great-grandparents’ gorgeous garden.

Unfortunately, the class assignment was soon scrapped amid temporary school closures due to the ongoing health crisis.

But Kyra doesn’t care. Her thumb continues to grow green.

Her heart’s set on a plump, healthy cabbage. The cultivation will not be canceled. Coronavirus has no power here.

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Kyra’s cabbages

Fortunately, Kyra’s cabbages flourish due to perfect growing conditions – plenty of sunshine, water, and love.

Within a matter of weeks, the cabbages balloon to absurd sizes. By the time school “officially” closed for the summer, the cabbages were as large as blowup beach balls.

Kyra’s mom, Angie Young-Sutton commends her daughter’s efforts,

“She did really good with it, she watered it, and she made sure she took care of it.”

Her entire family became a part of the cultivation process, featuring at least three generations of relatives. Their efforts and love are represented in the plump size of the cabbages.

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Kyra adds, “I’m really proud of the cabbage and how I grew it. I didn’t let the coronavirus stop me.”

That’s the perfect mindset, Kyra.

Keep setting and completing your goals, Kyra – life continues even amid tragedy. Although the ongoing health crisis can be demotivating or an easy excuse to stop trying, we simply must continue to adapt and push forward. There’s still lots of joy in this world.

Kyra and her family proceed to weigh the cabbages with one clocking in at a whopping 31 pounds!

That’s one crazy cabbage.

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That’s easily the largest cabbage I’ve ever seen… And I’ve seen a few cabbages in my time. I wonder what the world record is?

Well, according to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest cabbage ever recorded weighed 138 pounds! Kyra’s got some more work to do…

She takes a moment with her lovely new plant baby.

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Despite her school program shutting down, Kyra persevered towards her original goal, learning a whole lot about gardening in the process.

Her thumbs are greener than grass now.

Kyra’s determination is truly inspiring. I honestly feel compelled to plant some seeds today.

Kyra shared her gargantuan cabbages with dozens of friends and family. One of them weighs 31 pounds, I’d imagine her cabbages found their way into countless meals.

I wonder what’s next on Kyra’s agenda. She’s not going to let the coronavirus get in the way of her goals. Will you?

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Source: Inspire More, WWay TV 3, Angie Young-Sutton