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Guess What! Tree Kale Does Go to Seed

I’ve heard colleagues say that tree kale never goes to seed, that it can only be propagated by cuttings. Well, my 10-foot tree kale would beg to differ. It’s gone to seed after falling over in a wind storm (probably … Continue reading

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YouTube: Propagating Tree Kale

This one is for you kale lovers and permaculturists out there: perennial tree kale. Yes, it’s true. Imagine a year-round supply of kale that doesn’t fall prey to aphids in hot weather. Perennial vegetables form deeper root systems and require … Continue reading

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Recipe: Tuscan Kale Risotto with Mushrooms and Rosemary

It’s kale season, and we have (don’t gasp) 28 plants…or so…growing in the Gardenerd test garden; 10 different varieties to be specific. What can I say, we love kale! Here is the most recent recipe we tested out on the … Continue reading

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Oh Kale Yeah! National Kale Day

October 1st is National Kale Day. Who cares that the holiday is only observed in Canada? We deserve to celebrate here in the States as well. Needless to say, we’re very excited about this at Gardenerd. Every day we tout … Continue reading

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Recipe: Northern Spy Kale Salad

For winter gardeners, kale is a staple crop that we have the pleasure of harvesting all season long. It grows well in spring in cooler climates, so for those covered in snow, you have that to look forward to. While … Continue reading

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Garlic Kale Soup

I would like to present one of the best soups I’ve ever eaten. It was restaurant-quality delicious and very easy to make. It uses kale and garlic
from the garden (save this for your upcoming garlic harvest) and shiitake mushrooms from the farmers’ market.

Garlic Kale Soup – Vegetarian Times, February 2010

I ran across the recipe recently in an Anti-Inflammatory eBook put together by Vegetarian Times. It showcases inflammation fighting …
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Making Kale Chips – Solar vs. Oven

Sunny days mean that it’s time for a little solar food drying. Add an overabundance of kale and you’ve got a formula for a tasty snack: Kale Chips

We pulled out the solar food dryer that we built last year and started warming it in the
sun. Before long it was up to 110º inside and ready for a batch of kale chip. Here’s the recipe we used:

Crispy Kale Chips

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Growing Kale – Ironman of the Garden

There’s a thing that happens when someone discovers kale for the first time. They become addicted to it. Well, maybe not addicted, but if their experience is anything like mine was, they can’t get
enough of it. My intro to kale was with Esalen’s Raw Kale Salad  and I’ve been growing kale ever since.

What kind of kale is best?  It depends upon your preference. Many people like the color and texture of Italian kale, also known as Lacinato (laa-chee-nah-toe) or Dinosaur kale, and because it
is not …
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