The third time is better

When I sowed my kale last summer, I never expected it to show any perennial tendencies. I cut the tops off the stems and left the roots in the ground, so that they could rot in situ. My rationale was that this would be better for the soil: fertiliser and less damage to the soil structure.

Then the stems started to grow new leaves – the stems also grew – and I chopped them down again over the summer. So, this time I left the stems for a third crop, which has resulted in an even better crop than before.


For the first time, the kale actually looks more like the plant that I expected it to be in the beginning. And I’m wondering if I will be lucky enough to get a fourth crop and what this might be like. As always, time will tell…

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to The third time is better

  1. andy1076 says:

    Healthy! πŸ˜ƒ

  2. skyeent says:

    That’s interesting Helen. I gather part of the trick with brassicas is to stop them flowering, and going to seed. I actually crop more flower heads (like sprouting broccoli) than leaves on my kale. I haven’t measured how old they get, just pull them out when I need the room for something else. They are still seeding round in the polytunnel!

    • Helen says:

      I’m fascinated by plants, the more I learn about them. The kale did flower, though not the one I chopped yesterday. That must be why it was particularly lush.

      Talking of going to seed, my rocket does it all too readily, so I have a very short period of big leaves before the small ones come in. That rocket also seems to be perennial but like you with kale, I take it out when I need the space.

  3. Lavinia Ross says:

    Kale and mustard will start growing again here now that autumn is in progress. Summer is just too hot, and ours flowered and seeded in late spring.

  4. Looks like the result of dead-heading

  5. Wow that’s fab! And they are so nutritious πŸ˜ƒ

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