Sow: hail to kale


Kale certainly is the darling vegetable of the health conscious folks. Juice it! Make chips of it! Massage it for salads! Steam it! Bake it! Make soup!

I love it, not just because I’m sold on its health benefits and earthy iron-y taste, but because it is another surprising vegetable to grow.

The photo above is from a day last fall, probably October-ish, when I planted kale and chard. This kale is called Nero and grows quite tall. It looks a bit like a palm tree and has flat dark green long leaves. To harvest, you pluck the bottom leaves and it keeps growing up.

Today I was watering the Urban Farm (by hand, using harvested water from one of our 4 rain barrels), and noticed that new leaves were springing from the stalk where the old leaves were picked.

Awesome! More kale for us! Since I like to harvest salad greens daily, I’m happy for the bounty.

So far I have had the most success with green leafy veg. All sorts of lettuce, red romaine, mixed greens, mΓ’chΓ©, kale, spinach, collards, mustard, leafy things have grown well and provided not just salads, but satisfaction.

Tomorrow, I will putter in the garden and harvest Monday’s lunch. Next weekend is when we can begin to plant the first spring seeds so I need to start planning and organizing. Time to put the garden planner to work!


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