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06-19-2010, 01:23 AM
I harvested some kale and noticed this oddity today. Stems are grown together for a length. The base of each was attached at alternating spots up the stalk yet they became joined somehow....
other shots; one row of various kale plants, one of a Red Russian, then an indoor batch of kale and lettuces that need some harvesting done on them.
06-19-2010, 01:25 AM
it was fate that brought these two together. <3
06-19-2010, 05:46 AM
then an indoor batch of kale and lettuces that need some harvesting done on them.
I'd be really interested in hearing about how you grow these guys indoors, as I don't have a place to grow anything outside. Or if you could point me in the right direction of resources instead, that would also be great.
And your twin kale is adorable. :)
Wow - the quail keep nibbling off all our kale shoots. Your kale is really beatuiful! *Ü*
06-19-2010, 11:06 AM
06-20-2010, 01:26 AM
My goodness, what a lovely garden. Your kale is beautiful, too. My Sister-In-Law grows Red Russian. I got a big bag of it and dino kale from her yesterday. Tender, freshly cut kale is the best.
06-24-2010, 02:23 PM
I would love to hear how you grow indoors as well since I adore kale but have little to no outdoor growing space (on top of which, it'd be awesome to still have fresh, homegrown kale all winter too!)
06-24-2010, 03:03 PM
To allergy girl, I am sorry for not answering sooner.
Gossy, thanks for asking and bvringing this back to my attention. I am glad to help.
Thanks to all, for the nice comments.
It's very easy to grow indoors. I like that it is bug free. Hanging baskets outdoors works well too and they're also relatively bug free, as compared to grown on the ground. The hanging baskets might be a solution for you Gossy, with limited space.
A brew and grow store, if you have one near, would be a very good place to get started. That's where I usually get my soil, nutrients, and grow bags/containers. The bags are cheap and work well-they have drainage holes and block out light, but you could recycle other bags. I've also grown in gallon ziploc bags, baking soda bag, cat box collection bags, potting mix bags, ice bins, yogurt cups, nut milk containers, etc. You just have to make adequate drainage holes and set them inside a tray of some sort to catch the runoff. Air movement around the plants is necessary for their health and strength. Window light may be enough in some cases but you will surely benefit from supplemental light. I think the starbor seed pack touted it's ease and success for window growing. Hit your library and check out some books if you want. I recommend Gardening Indoors With Soil And Hydroponics, by Goeorge F. Van Patten.
My current indoor kale and lettuce are in four one gallon grow bags set inside a (new) small kitty litter pan. One plant per gallon of soil works well. I will crowd them if I am going to be harvesting regularly in the "cut and come again" style. To grow the plant to full size for a one time harvest, I won't crowd them. Sometimes I start the seeds in smaller containers like yogurt cups, but often just plant in their intended container. Their digs are under a four foot fluorescent shop light fixture, mounted over an old dresser/chest of drawers. Starbor, and dwarf blue curly kale are two that do well indoors. Shown, were starbor and toscano lacinato. Good potting mix that uses coco coir rather than peat moss is prefferable. High peat content has always left me with fungus gnat problems-miracle grow organic being the worst about it. I think the coco coir soil is called bio-bizz, but I will have to check.
There were lots of threads last winter about indoor growing iirc, so a search might help give you other ideas, or feel free to pm or vm me here.
Here are some outdoor kale leaves drying and the chips I made from them....those that escaped my pie hole anyway.
06-25-2010, 01:28 PM
great idea for hanging baskets. I have an elevated hanging tomato planter not set up from last year ... that I can plant items up high (they don't have to hang out the bottom). I have several kale plants started indoors that I was planning on planting into the side garden, but the local bunnies have found my kale and chard in the regular garden and are feasting on it daily. So, I was reluctant to plant the new crop.
wow - The tomato planter never occurred to me. I'm going to get that planter set up this weekend, so when my kale seedlings are big enough, they will have a home that the rabbits can't reach!!
thanks again for posting that idea!
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