The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Growing: Kale & Collards

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I am enjoying the cooling nights and misty mornings of this August after a hot and dry spell of Summer. I continue to water the Potager. The crack in the earth near the compost continues to grow. Many of my perennials have begun to go dormant. The kale and horseradish are indifferent. The Perilla weeps and sleeps during the day but awakens each evening.

In just a few days, the pole and scarlet runner beans live up to the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk … they now completely cover their trellis and are searching for more. The bush and soybeans were enjoyed by the rabbits.

The bees are becoming lazy. I catch them napping in the squash, under the leaves of the Coneflowers, on the moppy heads of Joe-pye. The surprise squash I let grow among the patty pan or scalloped squash are ornamental gourds! Much to my delight they have taken to growing up the rustic arbor.

We have harvested garlic, scallions, peppers. Hopefully the potato bin is full. It needs to be harvested soon.

Tomato sandwiches and homemade sauce are on the menu. Apparently some of the lower Romas are also on the menu for the chipmunks! I love to lightly pan stir the cherries with garlic and olive oil then drizzle them over pasta or baguette.

The garlic chives are beginning to bloom. The collards and brussel sprouts are lost in a sea of Borage. Everywhere creeps Calendula. Anyone want seeds? The artichokes choked – not even a flower. Next year I will try again in the soil (not raised bed) with plenty of water. Any other advice?

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Author: Kathy Sturr

Author of the Violet Fern blog, artist, and master gardener.

3 thoughts on “What’s Growing: Kale & Collards

  1. Kathy your potager is amazing…I would love seeds of the calendula….so much growing and quite a harvest! I am always in awe of your veg gardens

  2. It all looks so wonderful and productive – well done and enjoy

  3. Your garden is breathtaking. I added kale to potato soup for dinner last night. Yum.

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