Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Is this wood correct for building box?
by sanderson Today at 5:06 am

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Today at 4:55 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by Kelejan Today at 12:44 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Kelejan Today at 12:42 am

» N&C Midwest: February 2017
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 11:20 pm

» Our 2017 garden makeover
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:19 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:15 pm

» The raised bed of my dreams!
by ralitaco Yesterday at 9:20 pm

» Help - Building new raised beds
by ralitaco Yesterday at 9:06 pm

» Roots...information....
by ralitaco Yesterday at 8:57 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 8:20 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 5:41 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by bigdogrock Yesterday at 5:38 pm

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:11 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:13 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:14 pm

» New England February 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» NOVA The Origami Revolution
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:11 pm

» -What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:26 am

» Problems getting spinach seeds to sprout? Try this...
by trolleydriver 2/18/2017, 9:22 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by Scorpio Rising 2/18/2017, 3:42 pm

» Sanderson - Virtual Roadtrip Flyover
by trolleydriver 2/17/2017, 9:52 pm

» 2017 Maryland Home & Garden Show -- TIX DRAWING
by sfg4uKim 2/17/2017, 10:51 am

» broccoli stunted
by trolleydriver 2/17/2017, 8:40 am

» has55's R & D Journey;Plant Talk.
by has55 2/17/2017, 3:03 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 2/17/2017, 1:48 am

» Compost source
by jimmy cee 2/16/2017, 9:28 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 2/16/2017, 2:06 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 2/16/2017, 2:00 pm

» Keeping bees
by sanderson 2/16/2017, 1:57 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post new topic   Reply to topic

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  Windmere on 4/5/2014, 8:47 pm

Yesterday I harvested all of my winter kale.  This photo is a bit deceptive in that there is A LOT of kale here... it's about eight inches or more deep:




On the left side is Red Russian Kale.  The variety originally came from Siberia and it is hearty to up to -10 F. 

The seeds came from Seed Savers Exchange:

http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/kale/Kale-Red-Russian-OG.html

The flavor of this kale is sweet (evidently frost causes this variety to sweeten).  Our family LOVES it.  The stems are even sweeter than the leaf.  My daughter and I chew on the fibrous stems like sugar cane.  The more tender parts of the stems are very easy to eat.

To the right of the Red Russian is Dwarf Blue Kale from Botanical Interests.  It is also super cold hearty and to me it tastes a bit like broccoli.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EPLXWZU/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Finally, on the right bottom corner is Levewa Spinach.  This is a very tender variety with a delicious flavor (has a bit of a tart bite).  This also came from Botanical Interests.  This spinach came out with the kale because they were planted close to each other.  I think I still have some mileage on the remaining spinach before it's time to plant something else where it presently stands.  This variety is supposed to be heat resistant.

We have been eating off of our kale and spinach all winter long... it's delicious in salads.  Example of one of my special family dinner winter salads below (my wife took some of the rainbow carrots and also made ribbons with a potato peeler).  Lettuce is made up of some store-bought romaine lettuce as well as some of my own cool variety microgreens (my own winter pansies added for color):




Today I used my final kale harvest to make my Cod and Kale Soup.  Our family can't get enough of it and the crop of Red Russian Kale gives it a new and wonderful flavor.  I also put in celery, onions, potatoes and great north beans.


Last edited by Windmere on 4/5/2014, 8:55 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : Added some additional text)

Windmere

Male Posts : 1425
Join date : 2013-02-26
Age : 48
Location : Fayetteville, GA - Zone 7B - 8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  yolos on 4/5/2014, 9:06 pm

Looking good Windmere

yolos

Female Posts : 2959
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  southern gardener on 4/5/2014, 9:59 pm

windmere, beautiful! I eat our kale, but can't say i really enjoy it. I guess it doesn't get cold enough around here to make it sweet, but it sure grows well and is soooo good for you. That pic of your salad is gorgeous! Mind if I copy it?
Nice job!!

southern gardener

Posts : 1887
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 36
Location : california, zone 10a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  quiltbea on 4/5/2014, 11:50 pm

Love the pictures.  It gives us northerners hope that we'll be harvesting crops from our own gardens in the next couple of months, even if its just lettuce, radishes and greens.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4617
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  FamilyGardening on 4/5/2014, 11:53 pm

wow what a very creative and beautiful salad your wife made for your family!!! Thank you for sharing some pics with us!

we noticed our kale flowers have a broccoli flavor to them and enjoy those over fresh kale.....

we were able to dehydrate 2 pints full of kale, 1 pint full of swiss chard and 2 quarts of cabbage last year from the garden....it was wonderful to add to stews, soups and casseroles over the winter and now our new baby chicks are enjoying these dehydrated treats as well  Very Happy 

for some reason we like the kale and swiss chard dehydrated over fresh.....not sure why?? maybe because of smaller pieces as we run it thru the blender before putting it into the glass jars.....

happy gardening
rose

FamilyGardening

Female Posts : 2424
Join date : 2011-05-10
Location : Western WA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  Goosegirl on 4/6/2014, 8:27 am

Beautiful salad and harvest Windmere!

GG

Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3407
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 52
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  llama momma on 4/6/2014, 8:36 am

Great color combo in the second picture!

llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4688
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Thanks so much

Post  Windmere on 4/6/2014, 9:07 am

Thank you all for your kind comments.  Each positive result gives motivation to try even more varieties!

FamilyGardening... I would love to try dehydrating some of my kale.  None left now, but I will try next season!

Windmere

Male Posts : 1425
Join date : 2013-02-26
Age : 48
Location : Fayetteville, GA - Zone 7B - 8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  Marc Iverson on 4/6/2014, 1:20 pm

Nice looking kale!

I grew the dwarf blue kale from Botanical Interests that you did, too, but all of it either failed to germinate or never got over an inch, then died, except for a I think two plants which are only just now a few inches high. Our winter got down to 15 degrees, which I thought they were supposed to be able to handle, but I guess not.

Love the flowers in your salad.

Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3636
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 55
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  sanderson on 4/6/2014, 2:08 pm

Gorgeous looking salad!

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12866
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  bnoles on 4/6/2014, 4:46 pm

You have been keeping secrets from us! WOW! What an awesome looking harvest and great job you have done. I may have to come visit you for some lessons  Smile 

bnoles

Male Posts : 804
Join date : 2012-08-16
Location : North GA Mountains Zone 7A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/6/2014, 5:18 pm

REALLY nice, Windmere!

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3950
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Move over winter kale... spring vegetables coming in soon! - Shifting from winter salads to spring salads..

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum