These vegetables have not asked for any attention since the watering in September, we would almost have forgotten them! They were indeed well hidden in the middle of green manures, wintering plants and other herbs providing protection on the ground and shelter from insects.
Carrots were sown in July, cabbage and celery planted this summer and salads planted in September. Finally, the few touches of frost will have destroyed only a few cauliflowers and Chinese radishes or daikon ‘Mino early’ too exposed.
The kale ‘Blue scotch’ sown, which is fairly dense in the spring, was first eaten in young shoots. It was then cut several times, preserving the heart, then thinned and planted at a good distance as would require a classic cabbage.
Kale blue scotch curly cabbage
It develops in the fall, to provide beautiful leaves all winter, it will not flower until spring. This variety is not afraid of parasites, and if a few caterpillars invade leaves, it is enough to cut them and get rid of them.
That said, its strong development leaves much to feed one or two caterpillars and a few aphids without impacting the harvest! It can even serve as trays for flies in the spring. Its inflorescences developing early in the spring, the kale cabbage indeed attracts the first generations of these harmful beetles, it is enough then to cut the inflorescence, and to place it in a bag to crush them easily!
It is enough to harvest only the desired quantity in the vegetable patch before rinsing it underwater and using it in cooking. It will then be delicious cooked in a wok, added to soups or even eaten raw. Its vitamin and mineral content is superior to many cousins in its family and its taste.
To sum up, kale, a novelty in the garden for some, an essential vegetable for others, turns out to be really easy to live in the vegetable patch.