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
» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by llama momma Today at 6:18 am

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by llama momma Today at 5:28 am

» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by llama momma Today at 5:18 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by llama momma Today at 5:10 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by yolos Today at 12:13 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:02 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by llama momma Yesterday at 4:52 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by llama momma Yesterday at 4:35 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 3:27 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 12:17 pm

» Mid-South: December 2016
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:26 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:21 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:15 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:03 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 12/5/2016, 11:14 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee 12/5/2016, 9:08 am

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals 12/4/2016, 2:04 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/4/2016, 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:50 am

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

What do folks know about growing Sea Kale?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

What do folks know about growing Sea Kale?

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 2/7/2011, 3:40 pm

I'm planting Sea Kale seeds from Nichols Garden Seeds today, though I've never even seen a plant. Any information would be appreciated.
Nonna, St. Helens, Orr

Nonna.PapaVino

Female Posts : 1437
Join date : 2011-02-07
Location : In hills west of St. Helens, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What do folks know about growing Sea Kale?

Post  Furbalsmom on 2/7/2011, 4:24 pm

glad you\'re here Nonna,
So glad to have another Oregonian here on the SFG Forum. We have a couple of forum members in the Portland area.

My name is Furbalsmom, and I am your regional host for the Pacific North West. I live on the northern part of the Southern Coast and we stay cool all summer long. Our average August highs are in the mid-60's and 70's. Makes gardening a challange if you want warm weather plants such as eggplants, tomatoes and peppers, but cool season crops seem to do well here.

Please feel free to ask questions and if you have experience or knowledge about solutions for another members questions or problems, please just jump right in and help us out. By the way, we I love you pictures.

I did a bit of googling for information about Sea Kale. I have never seen or heard of Sea Kale before today and I have no personal knowledge of the growth habits and uses of this veggie. According to the various sites I looked at, it is found to be hardy in Maritime areas. Not common in the US as most find it labor intensive, apparently it is used as a vegetable, by harvesting new shoots similar to aspargus. Here the info differs between sites. Some sites say the plants should be blanched by covering with a pot or basket, or the shoots are too bitter to eat. Others say it is ok to harvest, without blanching the plant, then just cook the new shoots like greens. Hope you will let us know.
It also appears to be a long lived perrenial, and if you are growing from seed, there won't be any harvest until the second year.
All that said, I agree that it is something interesting to try. Please be sure to keep us updated on growing the sea kale.

Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 69
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

What do folks know about Sea Kale

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 2/7/2011, 5:05 pm

Thank you Furbalsmom (bet you have a cat!). Believe I found some of the sites you found for Sea Kale, especially the ones that recommended putting a basket over the new shoots in the spring to "blanch" them. Yes, that'd be labor intensive for a short-term harvest, but Nichols indicates the young leaves are tasty used like other members of the cabbage family. Having said that, I wonder if it's anything like Tuscan "dragon" kale (which I'm very fond of)? Whatever it's like, I've planted six seeds. BTW, take care in researching sea kale on European sites; yesterday my computer went into a panic saying a worm/virus was trying to access my drive. Fortunately, AGV snatched it and tossed it into the virus vault--keep your virus protection up to date. Best wishes, Nonna

Nonna.PapaVino

Female Posts : 1437
Join date : 2011-02-07
Location : In hills west of St. Helens, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What do folks know about growing Sea Kale?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 7:31 am


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