I am growing three types of Winter greenery; Curly Kale, Perpetual Spinach, and Cavolo Nero. I also have some Purple Sprouting Broccoli, but that's more for next Spring.
The Kale has to be a favourite. Like Cavolo Nero (also a Kale), one simply picks the lower leaves, and works upwards as desired. With luck they should still be producing well into Spring, when they also begin to make sproutings from the stem. They are a wonderful Veg'.
My plants are remarkably bug, and disease, free this year. I simply inspect the back of each leaf, strip the curly leafy bit from the stem, and steam very quickly in salted water. A bit of Garlic Butter completes the job.
Kale also complies with my insistence of 'Meat and one Veg'. A small chop or steak with a serving of Kale, and that's all one needs.
Thank gawd I eats me greens; just eating this stuff makes me feel rejuvenated!
Had kale yesterday with a good squeeze of lemon juice, Brocolli today. It will all be replaced with summer vegies shortlyReplyDelete
Ours is just coming into full flow. The small amount of rain we had recently has done a world of good.Delete
If the Kale grows into spring the snow and cold temps do not bother the plants ? The stems are bare and only the tops keep growing.ReplyDelete
Sounds very tasty I like Kale but have no garden.
cheers, parsnip and badger
No. In fact they are supposed to improve after some frost.Delete
Just recently I discovered the kale here, it did not grow here much for some reason.ReplyDelete
It's a bit 'strong' tasting for many, but I love it.Delete
Mr Cro and his housemaid made a big fart and got 3 little farts 2 fart boys and one fart girl. What a happy life.Delete
What a pathetic little squirt you are!Delete
Paul is desperate to get the rotovator out and make a vegetable patch.ReplyDelete
Lincs is a very good growing area, and you'd have good regular crops of Apples, Plums, etc, too. It's been a bad year here (as I'm sure you know), fingers crossed for 2019.Delete
Re the above comment Cro - I was brought up in the Fens of Lincolnshire and I would agree that the county is marvellous for the growing of veg - at home we had a veg garden which virtually kept us going all year.ReplyDelete
Up here in N Yorkshire the farmer and I one year tried winter greens but they were a complete failure. I adore Curly Kale and cook it just as you do. Luckily it is readily available in our shops and markets up here.
I do manage to grow quite a lot here, but sometimes it's a real struggle. This year my Tomatoes totally failed, and I lost a whole row of Perpetual Spinach, out of the blue. Also no Apples this year. I think our climate can be tricky.Delete
I juice it in the morning along with other green veg and an apple to sweeten. Delicious. I've heard of making 'crisps' with it as well.ReplyDelete
I've had it crispy deep fried; it was very good.Delete
I had a school chum called Curly Kale.ReplyDelete
I remember him from the last time I wrote about Kale.Delete
I am amazed. I don't. Your blog - like vegetables - must be seasonal, but my memory span does not cover 12 months.Delete
My brother's new dog arrived today. His name is Kale.ReplyDelete
Please congratulate your brother from me. What a perfect name!Delete
OK. It's not green though. He says it's a rust colour!Delete
His wife wanted to name it Archie.Delete
I only grew kale for one year. I made lots of kale crisps and that was about it. It's not a green of which I am particularly fond.ReplyDelete
It has a very 'dark' flavour; not suited to all.Delete
I must try curly kale in my veg plot next year. I have tried perpetual spinach (especially as I buy spinach all the time for my chickens) but it always goes to seed. Not sure where I am going wrong.ReplyDelete
One of the better things about Perpetual Spinach is that usually it doesn't go to seed easily. I've often kept my plants productive for two years. You need to keep cutting regularly.Delete
lucky you that Haddocks is big enough for lots of greens! I just grow Cavolo NeroReplyDelete
CN is wonderful too. My plants have just received some rain, and are growing like crazy.Delete