Loving the longer days of February!
Kale: I do not remember ever having or growing kale as a child or young bride. Somehow kale has become a must have vegetable in my garden. We love it in early spring when the overwintered kale puts out the sweetest, nuttiest broccoli like sprouts to ever grace a salad or bento. It is one of about 3 vegetables that keep my chickens happy year-round, and when I am in the mood for a green smoothie, home grown is the best!
Kale is so simple to direct seed into the spring garden, it almost seems silly to start her in the greenhouse. But I get a little bit silly in February before the real garden work begins.
Easy to transplant, I do not bother with soil blocks to start kale. Just drop seed into starting mix (or even just a scoop of good, moist, garden soil in a pot), scatter in seeds, cover a quarter inch deep and wait 5 to 17 days for sprouts. When the babies get their first set of true leaves they can be up-potted to their own 2 to 4 inch pots. Harden them off and plant your kale outside when they have 4 to 6 true leaves.
Here is the bottom line for starting spring Kale in the greenhouse.
- Fill a small container with moist starting mix or garden soil.
- Add Kale seed, about one-fourth inch apart, and one-fourth inch deep. Cover the seeds with vermiculite or soil.
- Label the container, mark your calendar or journal with dates to check for seedlings. You should see sprouts in 5 to 17 days.
The #NTin2018 (New Testament in 2018) reading today was Mark chapter 9. If you follow me on Instagram, I did a word study on “cloud” from Mark 9:7. I hope you are as jazzed as I was to discover the history of the glory cloud!
If yesterday in Everett, Washington had not been so blue-sky-beautiful, then I would think that today was nice. But it is overcast. I am still lighting candle lanterns in the greenhouse to keep it warm enough for sprouting seedlings, which seems pathetic after all the free radiant heat from yesterday. Such is the life of a cheap (or is that frugal?) subsistence farmer.
Debs… bringing in the humming bird feeders every night, they don’t seem to like sugar water pop-cycles.