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Post  countrynaturals on 8/12/2017, 12:54 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:IMO, chard and kale are two different animals. Chard  is more like spinach and kale is more like cabbage. You can use Kale for anything, SR...coleslaw, sauerkraut, stir-fries, smoothies, etc. I pick mine when they are young if I'm going to eat them raw. They are more tender. Also, IMO, Fall grown greens are superior to Summer grown greens, and kale gets sweeter when touched by frost. What variety are you growing? I like Dwarf Blue Curled.
Chard and kale are definitely 2 different animals. Even the rabbit won't eat Chard. I just pulled mine up and composted it yesterday. (The chickens won't touch it, either.) Razz

Kale, otoh, is awesome! I grow Dwarf Blue Curled exclusively. It never bolts. It's never bitter. It lives and produces for a whole year, no matter what the weather does. Here is one of my year-old "trees." It's almost 2' tall. The 2nd pic is a top-down shot so you can see how healthy it is, even after multiple record-breaking heatwaves.


Next week I'll plant my kale seeds for the next year and gradually replace the old guys. 

We don't eat raw kale, but we love it steamed with hard-boiled eggs cut up in it, and we chop it up in all of our homemade veggie soups. The rabbit loves it. I will definitely plant more this year.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/12/2017, 4:19 pm

I have 2 plants out there right now that I haven't been watering and they won't die!  They are huge!  It is Dwarf Blue Vates, looks exactly like that.  

I do think it's tough,but I have not picked it at all.  Wahhhhhhhh, I know I should like it!  I love cabbage!
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Post  Robbomb116 on 8/12/2017, 8:14 pm

Harvest today! More carrots, cherry tomatoes, and a bowl full of kale! Planning on making kale chips tomorrow.


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Post  countrynaturals on 8/13/2017, 11:16 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
I do think it's tough,but I have not picked it at all.  Wahhhhhhhh, I know I should like it!  I love cabbage!
We like it better than cabbage cooked, but we like cabbage better for slaw. I'll be trying to grow cabbage this year for the first time. Wish me luck. Rolling Eyes
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/13/2017, 1:45 pm

@Robbomb116 wrote:Harvest today! More carrots,  cherry tomatoes,  and a bowl full of kale!  Planning on making kale chips tomorrow.



Beautiful harvest, Rob! What variety of tomatoes are those? And what variety of carrots?
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Post  Robbomb116 on 8/13/2017, 3:10 pm

Well, the tomatoes were supposed to be sunsugar, but sunsugar is orange, these are clearly red. So the greenhouse mislabeled them. The two types of carrots I planted were mokum and purplesnax. None of my carrots were purple though... and I mow just recently got a letter from Burpee saying it's come to their attention that there was a mistake and no one received purplesnax carrots this batch of seeds. They did not state which variety I actually got though. But Burpee is making it up to me by giving me a free packet of purplesnax for next spring and $10 off my next purchase.

The carrots were a mix of the unknown variety and mokum. The mokum are thinner, described as "pencil carrots" but sweeter than my mystery variety. I chose mokum for 2 reasons initially, first they were pretty early, and second, they said they maintain their sweetness even in heat. And even with our 100 degree plus days, these carrots are so much sweeter than the store bough baby carrots. And they haven't e an been sweetened by frost yet!

That got a bit long winded, but I got a chuckle when you asked the varieties of the carrots and tomatoes as your guess is as good as mine.

The kale is a mix of dwarf blue vates and premier. Both varieties I basically postponed picking cause I didn't know what to do with it/ wasn't feeling it. I planted the dwarf blue, really intensively @5 per square planning on picking 4 early for salads. Never happened. So i think thats why the leavws are sp micb smaller than the premiere. Those ones are ad big as my head! Definitely tougher when they are that big, but works fine for soups and kale chips!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/13/2017, 6:14 pm

Hmmm...kale chips.  Maybe!
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Post  herblover on 8/15/2017, 9:06 am

SR, yes I freeze my jalapenos whole.  Just throw them in a freezer bag and pull out as needed.  You lose some texture, but in a cooked dish it makes no difference, and even in raw dishes in a small amount its not noticeable.  Kale, love love love it!  I am picking huge quantities of it; we mostly eat it raw but I will freeze some for soup this winter.  Chard has been a bust due to Bambi and her evil friends.  They love the stuff!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/15/2017, 7:22 pm

@herblover wrote:SR, yes I freeze my jalapenos whole.  Just throw them in a freezer bag and pull out as needed.  You lose some texture, but in a cooked dish it makes no difference, and even in raw dishes in a small amount its not noticeable.  Kale, love love love it!  I am picking huge quantities of it; we mostly eat it raw but I will freeze some for soup this winter.  Chard has been a bust due to Bambi and her evil friends.  They love the stuff!
Yeah, I use it mostly cooked in chili, etc.  I am going to do that.  Mine are HOTHOT HOT!!!  

Kale.  I will try it again and again....thought moving it to the patio would help.  Yah, no.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/16/2017, 9:58 pm

Significant powdery mildew on a few of the melons...will spray with milk tomorrow, hopefully after we get some rain.  Did I just say that?  If we don't, I have significant watering to do.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/21/2017, 9:17 pm

OK, did significant watering.....hopefully everything survived my little eclipse trip!  Pulled all carrots, a lot of tomatoes, peppers to take down with us, and 2 patty pans.  Has been hot in my area.
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