This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

snow on kale

Skippy by the garden
snowflakes on kale

Our first snow! Its a very pretty light dusting. It probably won't last more that an hour or so.

My kale is delicious now. It is getting sweeter every time I try it. The more cold and snow, the better it gets.

Kale (Brassica oleracea, Acephala Group)




Blogger Michelle said...

Does your kale live through the winter or will the snow eventually do it in?

December 07, 2008 3:37 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Its good down to about 10*F. Then the leaves kind of disintegrate from the cold. Last year that was January 4th. One unusually warm recent winter my kale lasted til spring. A good snow cover can actually protect it from a bitter cold.

December 07, 2008 4:47 PM

OpenID flowergardengirl said...

Now that's pretty interesting. We plant kale here in my part of NC for winter interest. It does not like our heat but loves the cold.

December 07, 2008 8:55 PM

Blogger Dan said...

We had our first accumulation that I had to shovel last night and bitter cold temps like we receive in jan/feb. I hope this is not the norm this winter.

Do you receive a lot of snow there in Massachusetts?

We are lucky to be just outside of the snow belt so we miss regular heavy snow falls. We do get walloped a few times a winter with 6"-12" thought.

December 07, 2008 10:37 PM

OpenID livinginalocalzone said...

The ever-sweetening kale is one of the few things I love about seeing the temperatures drop... each week what I pick gets sweeter and sweeter. Amazing that plant is. And so beautiful too. Do you have the reddish/purple kind too? I've actually had friends over who asked what kind of plant it was - they thought it was decorative only!
Oh, also wanted to add - your post a bit back on "lasagna gardening" was really interesting. I'd never heard of the technique, but your questions really hit some of my own practical questions. Your garden does so well as it is.

December 08, 2008 5:33 PM

Blogger kathy said...

HI Dan, No snow here yet. Though we have had cold temps here too - lows to 15*F (-9*C) a few nights recently. Wide temp swings too.

Boston gets about 50 inches annual snowfall - about half what you get, I think. (It think southern Ontario ranges 70-300 inches. Maybe you're at lower end.) We don't usually get much snow in December. Jan-March can be very snowy.

Last year I seem to remember weekly 3-6 inch storms late Dec through March that added up to a lot and never seemed to go away. But never enough for a school off "snow day".

At this point, it would be nice to have a white landscape as long as its so cold. Them I'd have some nice photos to blog.

December 11, 2008 10:07 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Hi livinginalocalzone, I have several reddish/purple kale plants in my from yard as ornamentals. I didn't realize it is edible! I'm one of those. I learn something new!

Some websites say the ornamental kale is edible but tougher and more bitter. I wonder how different the taste is. Since I have lots of Tuscan, Winterbor and Red Russian I'll probably not eat the frilly purple front yard plants. They look too nice to disturb.

I'm still looking into and questioning the lasagna approach. As you say, why change if its working well. But then I enjoy a change and learning a new approach. Its hard to find time for gardening now with traveling and holidays, but its on my list to do more reading.

December 11, 2008 10:19 PM


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