Tag Archives: kale

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 … Continue reading

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Cut- and-come-again kale

You know how something happens but it takes you a while to see it? Well, this is the case with the kale stalks that are dotted around the garden. I’d been lopping the tops off as I wanted kale for … Continue reading

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The snowdrop

Coming home from the school run just now, I noticed a white flower at the edge of the front garden.  Now, baring in mind that this garden is northeast-facing and direct sunlight is blocked by the roofs of houses across … Continue reading

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Coulis not jam!

I feel a bit silly after misreading a recipe for blackberry and apple jam: 1800 ml of water instead of 180. My instinct had told me there was something wrong there but after an hour of trying to get to … Continue reading

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Tenting up!

The kale plants are doing really well – so well, they have needed to go under bigger cloches to keep the cabbage white butterflies off.  Fortunately, I had some super huge ones to hand. These have a tendency to blow … Continue reading

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Kale uncovered 

How easy do you find it to bin seedlings? It’s certainly not something I do willingly and it’s a shame when there’s no one else interested. So, the alternative course is to find a space, somehow, anyhow, for them to … Continue reading

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Dangers lurk indoors

I’ve been doing my best to keep the cabbage white butterflies from getting to the recently planted kale outside. To this end I acquired a mini fleece polytunnel to add to the collection of protection measures. However, on the kitchen … Continue reading

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