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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

overwintered kale

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It was a great winter for kale, being so mild. We are still harvesting. It looks beautiful in the garden now. My gnome is hiding somewhere under the leaves. He's been working this patch all winter.

I have a great recipe for crispy oven kale, but I am always looking for new recipes.

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Blogger Heidi-Hoe said...

May I ask what your recipe is? I only use sea salt. seems.

March 29, 2012 10:02 PM

Blogger Karla said...

I love this kale recipe, make it the way the video shows, not by the actual recipe.

March 29, 2012 10:28 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

My kale overwintered nicely also!

March 29, 2012 10:36 PM

Blogger Scarecrow said...

There are some great recipes for using Kale on This Link

March 29, 2012 11:37 PM

Anonymous Overall Gardener said...

My Dinosaur kale made it happily through most of the winter and then developed a massive aphid infestation. I was bummed, particularly in light of the absolutely scrumptious kale chips I made when I ripped the other kale plants out last fall.

Unfortunately, I took no recipe notes, so I'll have to dream them up again. I know they involved lemon juice, tahini, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce...

March 30, 2012 1:48 AM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Wow! You had a winter so mild that kale survived...

Normally kale overwinters here, no problem. This winter was one of the coldest in memory, and the kale growing in the garden next to mine was killed completely.

We had a few days of -20C/-4F, which is very unusual here.

March 31, 2012 6:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What variety do you use? I've been planting dwarf kale, which goes nicely in salads, but have recently discovered an "oil massaged kale" recipe that requires no cooking and am looking for a larger variety just so I can make it!

I have three dachshunds who LOVE the dwarf kale. They will pull it off the plant and eat it.

April 01, 2012 6:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
I love how beautiful your kale looks. Photos are in book quality :]
I was wondering if you have transplanted any of your seedlings to the garden yet. For some reason I feel so behind "AGAIN" LOL

April 01, 2012 12:39 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

I had not had Kale before we started gardening at the Lottie. It is brilliant and quite expensive in the Supermarket. I think it's in fashion at the moment! Lovely photos as ususal Kathy. Our weather is haphazard too, forgot my hat on Sunday sowing seeds, caught the sun, this morning I need my gloves!!
Marian (LondonUK)

April 03, 2012 4:14 AM

Blogger Jakin said...

for quitte some time I love to follow this blog... its one of the best worldwide! Congratulations!
I live in Portugal and also have a small (very small) vegetables garden which I love to take care of...
I also have a blog (just strarted it) and love to have your visit / comments! Thkan you and, once more, congratulations!
(this is my blog...feel free to visit / comment)

April 03, 2012 12:23 PM

Blogger Lissa said...

I wish my kale was that big. Mine is still itty bitty. But I planted it only a month ago. I have been dreaming of kale soup for weeks!

April 04, 2012 6:08 PM

Blogger Alice said...

Your photos are very vivid I can almost see the Vit A, C and K! I'd like your kale recipe. Here is one that I stand by: Kale Salad with Pinenuts, Currants and Parmesan
Bon Appétit | February 2009
by Dan Barber (I substitute cranberries for the currents)

April 04, 2012 11:27 PM

Blogger blueberry1946 said...

No doubt your gnome's taken a well deserved snooze!

To think that I've never even had a taste of kale . . . now my curiosity is up.

Out checking on my garden the other day I spied a solitary parsley that apparently overwintered. I was picking sprigs into December, but am astonished to see this lone sentinel. Here in the North Pole (aka Princeton, MA) the people barely overwinter!

April 05, 2012 1:10 PM

Anonymous dave said...

Here is a photo of a really simple way to do a vegetable plot in your garden, you can scale it down if the space is tight!

April 07, 2012 3:04 PM

Blogger anne dinan said...

caldo verde id scrumtious.

April 08, 2012 5:57 AM


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