The past few days has me skipping around in a magical world of colorful leaves and pumpkin-spiced decafs.
I’m usually against the flavored guys because of all the garbage in there, but I couldn’t help myself. Plus, it was on “clearance” – which at Target means 15% off. Would someone tell them that this does not constitute clearance?
Anyways, Fall. I’m soaking it in. I’ve stopped often at the farmers market for fresh apples and to peruse their beautiful pumpkin displays.
That’s where I came across the kale plants. ‘Tis the season for kale. Gosh, I thought, I’d sure love to have kale on my back porch!
…but I know I shouldn’t.
My house seems to be where plants go to die.
Why do I have this black thumb instead of my Nannie’s talented green one?
But maybe, just maybe, kale could be different? Then I could make my favorite kale chips all the time!
Still, I can hear my poor basil plants screaming RUN to the unsuspecting kale.
So, I shouldn’t.
But I did.
I’ve also done a little research.
Kale likes space. 12-18 inches apart.
Harvest the larger leaves (stem and all). If you pick off the smaller leaves it will stunt the plant’s growth.
Get rid of yellow leaves as soon as they appear. It means you aren’t harvesting quickly enough.
Keep plants well-watered. Kale likes moist soil.
So, I’m going to give it a go.
I just don’t trust myself enough to plant them yet.
Are you planting any fall produce?
Ever grown kale?