Kale from the garden in February

Somebody else's kale in the snow - mine was buried deeper!

Last night I finally got around to going out to the backyard and kicking around in the general vicinity of the huge patch of kale that I didn’t get around to harvesting last fall. I quickly found some brown leaves just under the cover of the snow, but digging down a small amount, I pulled out some lovely bright green leaves. They were as good as if I had carefully frozen them in my freezer, if not better. The stalks thawed to mushyness, but the leaves seemed as good as fresh when thawed. I am eating them for lunch right now – thinly sliced and marinated in a simple dressing of lemon juice with a bit of balsamic vinegar overnight (the acids seem to make the leaves easier to chew raw). Delish! Now I don’t feel so bad about not getting the harvest in, as it seems I can go out and get kale anytime I want during the winter, at least until extended thaw comes around and exposes everything.

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3 responses to “Kale from the garden in February

  1. By being “lazy” I discovered that, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Kale is a 2 year crop. We ate heartily off of it the second year because I never got it pulled out the first year. After that I pulled it because aphids and other bugs seemed to had moved in to stay, so don’t know if a 3rd year is possible. This year’s new plant in a new location just gave the chickens some winter greens. Mike let them out while he was rebuilding compost piles and they headed straight for the Kale. It’s back under snow now, but soon will be picking up with spring sun.

  2. We finished ours a month ago. Our above-snow plants got pretty frost-burned by Christmas, and the under-snow parts were welded to the ground by freeze-thaw cycles. Perhaps the key is a nice fluffy snow cover to moderate the harshness.

  3. I feel like the urban intruder in all this…KALE?? I don’t think I’ve eaten that in … well, no idea how long. Joe’s pizza doesn’t deliver it, so (just kidding, we’re not quite that bad… though pretty close).

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