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 Post subject: talk to me about my kale
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:22 pm 
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i had a good season last year with some kale plants i put in my garden.
when winter came i kinda didnt do anything with them and left them out there.
i heard somewhere that in some regions kale can come back the following year.
i didnt think New England was one of those places but we had a super mild winter.

so my kale plants from last year are still out there. they do not appear to be dead. here is a picture of what they look like now.
what should i do? should i rip them out? are they going to regrow this year?

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 Post subject: Re: talk to me about my kale
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:30 pm 
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I have the same question!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:52 pm 
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i remember seeing overwintering kale in my (azorean) neighbors' yard in RI!

i'd scratch up the area around them, give em some love and let them grow. they are biennials if i remember correctly, and before you know it they will bolt and the greens will be bitter. until then, you can get some decent smaller leaves off them.

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so it kinda sounds like you're saying maybe they will grow and i might get some small leaves off them??
i might just rip them out and compost them in favor of some new plants.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:35 am 
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My neighbor's kale is coming up too! I had no idea they could do that, I totally ripped up the dead stems.

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 Post subject: Re: talk to me about my kale
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:41 pm 
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LisaPunk wrote:
so it kinda sounds like you're saying maybe they will grow and i might get some small leaves off them??
i might just rip them out and compost them in favor of some new plants.

yes, depending on your weather you might get bigger or smaller leaves before it gets warm and they bolt. considering how the weather has been so weird, you might plant new ones. i personally would wait til the official last-potential-frost date before ripping them all out, but i am botanically conservative.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:03 pm 
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This is the best season for kale!!!!! The new growth will be very tasty - not bitter - at least in the mild spring weather in the PNW. And once they start sending up flowering shoots, harvest before the buds open for fabulous, fabulous "rapini." They're like mini broccolis but much sweeter. And they'll keep sending out new shoots; I get huge, huge harvests of them, but much of my overwintered kale is a lot bigger than yours.

I usually rip them out in late May, or earlier if they get infested with aphids. And then I replace them with warm season crops or stuff for fall harvest, like beets or carrots.

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I'm going to harvest my kales and serve them at a benefit dinner tomorrow night! They are so tender and sweet.

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IsaChandra wrote:
I'm going to harvest my kales and serve them at a benefit dinner tomorrow night! They are so tender and sweet.

Just like you, Isa.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:27 am 
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You don't say.

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I just harvested my winter kale today! Sooooo sweet and awesome.

(Like Isa.)

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is it too late to sow kale now? here in germany, you can only get kale from the first frost to march or so. now I consider growing it myself but harvest what, all year round?


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jerusha wrote:
is it too late to sow kale now? here in germany, you can only get kale from the first frost to march or so. now I consider growing it myself but harvest what, all year round?

Kale can be grown year-round in many climates. It is generally much sweeter after a few frosts, but I like summer kale too.

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So my kale bolted and is like 15 feet tall (not really) and flowering. I need to start over, right?

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once the flowers are open they're shot. composteroonie.

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once the flowers are open they're shot. composteroonie.

That's what I'd do, but you can still pick off any leaves on the flowering shoots first. Although.... I have two friends who have been severely cutting back their kale each year, basically rejuvenating them, and they're now in their 4th year.

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Is it too late to plant kale? I know frost makes it sweeter, but I impulse bought seeds when I found something perfect to plant leafy something in. Should I just hold onto them until the fall?

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Does anyone live in AZ? Can you get kale through the summer? (seems the opposite problem than most places in the US)

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