End of the Kale

Kale gone to seed

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.

Kale seeds ready to harvest

Kale seed pods with their paper-thin shells

Kale seed pods – 2 compartments separated by a thin layer of pod

It takes very few seed pods to collect enough for a field of kale

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.


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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2 Responses to End of the Kale

  1. Pingback: Is that really Kale? | Laura Rittenhouse's Gardening Journal

  2. My Kale is coming to an end now – I must look at the packet and see what kind of seed they were – I was surprised how well they did in my garden so will definitely plant again next year. I have a seed giveaway on my blog if you are interested.

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