Ohhhhhhh what a feeling it is to harvest from your own garden!
But before this beautiful bunch of kale, enjoy these few simple steps:
1. Order / buy seeds
Gather a few seed catalogs and dream about your future garden! You can order seeds and get free seed catalogs by going to these websites.
Botanical Interests – can download the catalog and a free coloring book!
We like to support local when possible and in Puerto Rico,
is a good option and can be found at some supermarkets.
2. Sow the seeds
Gather a tray, pot or upcycled cup and fill with soil.
Make a very small hole or a row and sprinkle the seeds and cover with a bit of soil.
See package for depth, but typically sow just below the soil surface.
3. Keep the soil watered, but not too wet that there is standing water.
To not disturb the soil we say, “the seeds are sleeping”.
4. After the sprouts get a few inches tall, take your fingers and pinch around the plant and get a good clump of soil to make sure you get the roots and transplant (put) into a bigger pot with soil in it.
We put three plants directly into a black pot in a triangle and put hay around them. This seems to work well for the climate we live in. You may have to adjust to your climate.
5. When the plants get big enough, harvest the largest leaves, every few days by snapping at the base, but leave enough of the plant to continue to grow.
Here we transplanted a few to the garden bed and they seem to be doing well.
When you are tired of eating kale – ha, ha yeah right! 😉 – you can let the plant complete its cycle by letting it “go to seed”, and then harvest the seed to start the process again!