Dwarf Blue Curled Kale

Brassica sp.
BRASSICACEAE, The Mustard family

Finally it feels right to plant the fall and winter seeds. I don’t feel behind because last year I put them in the first week of November and it worked out fine. It’s been too warm and dry still. Now we’ve had the first little rains. There are many kinds of calendars, and the ones others spell out for you aren’t always the best for gardening by. Intuition and observation seem to be good garden guides.

This is the first full season of this garden. One thing that is revealing itself are the tricks of succession. Our space is small and it’s full of summer veggies that are still producing well, or haven’t ripened (ahem! tomatoes!). So even if I’d have wanted to put in seeds through July and August as the almanacs say, there wasn’t room. I think the secret may be to plant in trays off to the side, and as the summer veggies are torn out, nice little starts can be plugged in. Starts resist the slugs better too.

Today I planted:

Kale ‘Dwarf Blue Curled’
Kale ‘Nero di Toscana’
Kale – red
Carrots ‘Nantes Coreless’
Beets ‘Early Wonder’
Spinach ‘Olympia’
Lettuce – several varieties

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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