I’d never grown any before. We ate a lot of greens when I was growing up (which we called sallet) but they were always turnip greens.
But Cherie loves kale and she asked me to grow some. So in September I planted some after I tilled under some of our hot weather crops. The seed is tiny like turnips and mustard, and sells for a dollar an ounce at Southern States. I bought an ounce, planted a row with my Earthway seeder, and I broadcast the rest.
It all came up well, with minimal pest damage (much like turnips and mustard greens do). I thinned it out to about one plant per foot, and it grew very well.
I kept asking Cherie if she wanted me to pick it yet. I keep her overloaded with vegetables to freeze or prepare, and she sometimes groans when I bring things in from the gardens. So I didn’t press, but I was anxious to have her try it out.
Last week she gave me the green light to bring some in. I picked it like I would mustards, breaking the biggest leaves from the outside of the plant. Cherie made a soup with it, and said it came out very well.
From what I’ve read, kale improves after a frost and is cold tolerant enough to make it through the entire winter sometimes. So I’m hoping we’ll be enjoying this for a while.