Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Great Kale Massacre of '08...

I had hoped it would stay cool long enough for my kale to stay nice. Alas, it was not to be. So this morning, after planting a little less then 3,000 feet of various items I took our Stihl weed whacker and started on the kale.

It was quite dramatic, the kale shredding and wet drops being flung back on me... And what had started as two nice double planted 100 foot rows of 12" high kale a week ago was reduced to bits of kale leaf and fallen towers. Why towers? Because the kale had started to bolt, thrown up long shafts topped with flower heads, to reproduce in the way all kale wants to, promoted by the unseasonably warm days. Alas, in my garden un-authorized attempts at reproduction are swiftly and firmly dealt with! Hence the need for the great kale massacre of '08...

So there will be no kale for the CSA until fall...

Oh, and wish for rain everyone! If we do not get the 1/2" Accu-Weather is predicting we will have to irrigate tomorrow! IRRIGATE IN APRIL?!?!? Who heard of such a thing?

4 comments:

niki said...

Oh, no! The poor kale! I had a potato & kale enchilada recipe all ready, too!

Tina said...

Wow and possible freezing this week! My fingers are crossed though that the weather stabilizes. I am starting to wonder though if we are shifting to a rainy and dry season cycle...

Tina

CSA Farmer Girl said...

Well, Niki, we will have kale evetually, we will be planting a heat tolerant variety with our next planting cycle, that would make it ready in July, maybe we will even have potatoes by then!

CSA Farmer Girl said...

Tina, The weather has been weird, no doubt about it.. It should be an interesting year, that's for sure!