The kale’s been gone for a few weeks now. I’ve kept a couple of plants in the ground with the intention of harvesting seeds from them. These plants came from seeds from my organic gardening class so I knew I could harvest and re-sow with some success. Since they yielded more than 3 months worth of good greens over winter, I will definitely plant more next autumn.
I really enjoy harvesting seeds. Something about completing the cycle. To be honest, I haven’t always had great success with my own seeds – they seem to germinate at a lower rate than store-bought seeds, but when I’m on to a winner, I’m going to keep propagating.
While harvesting these seeds I paid close attention to the beauty of the pods and how delicate they were. Like I said, there is something very rewarding about closing this cycle of nature – harvesting the next generation of food from the offspring of that gift given back in July 2011.