Appalachia Gardening

Kale Reporting and a Fall Garden

The Kale Reporting @ Large project sponsored by Sow True Seed has started. If you missed the details of the project you can go here to read about it.

My first kale planting is coming right along. A week or so ago I planted 2 varieties of Kale: Dwarf Siberian and Red Russian.

I was able to plant 2 more kale varieties yesterday: Lacinato and Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch. I also managed to plant a few short rows of Purple Top White Globe Turnips.

We’re still getting tomatoes, peppers, okra, and a few beans from the garden. My watermelons and pumpkins decided to grow now that fall is staring us down. I’m keeping  my fingers crossed that they manage to survive and make something before the cool nights get to them.

If you’re participating in the Kale Reporters @ Large project leave a comment and tell us if you’ve got your kale planted or when you plan to if you haven’t.



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    August 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Ed-I don’t have much experience cooking Kale either. I have cooked it like I would mustard greens or turnip greens and its good that way. I found this link that has a few recipes:’
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Ed Ammons
    August 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Like Ken I have never had Kale but unlike Ken I have never been much of a greens eater. I always thought the animals eat the greens and i’ll eat the animal. That don’t work so good lately. I went by the local Food Lion earlier tonight and they had North Carolina grown kale on sale. I didn’t get any because I don’t know jack about how to fix it. I’ll try anything once. How do you cook it?

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    Rev. RB
    August 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Our tomatoes didn’t do a doggone thing this year, though our parsley, sage and thyme finally decided to sprout. The thyme is coming up very sparse, so I may plant more, but the others are coming up very nicely. Though we’ll have to put a cold frame over them come frost, I’m really looking forward to a bumper crop of the herbs come next spring.
    God bless.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    August 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Tipper: We had a delightful visit to the Friday Night singing at the Old Court House. The group was from down in Georgia and they played/sang with much delight.
    Today we were at the Tomato Festival at the Bryan Herbert Reece Center. It was fun with great family groups singing AND I got to meet Ethelene’s Great, grand daughter! 8 months and simply beautiful!
    Eva Nell

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    Ed Ammons
    August 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    We are in a severe drought here and I have decided not to plant anything this fall. My peppers, tomatoes and summer squash didn’t do hardly anything. I didn’t get a bite of corn. I got a few green beans before the drought really hit. I watered everything with a hose enough to keep it alive but nothing bloomed. The corn all tasseled and grew little ears with a half a dozen kernels on each. I am on a well with no other source of water for irrigation and don’t want to pump the well dry. So, I guess I’ll spend the fall planning for next year.
    PS: Areas all around me have been getting a little bit of rain off and on but it goes around or just stops before it gets here. I got a couple of 5 minute cloudbursts but it all ran off before it could soak in.
    PPS: I am getting a fair amount of okra.

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    August 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I ain’t never planted or tasted
    any Kale. It’s just me, I recon
    cause I like most greens.
    Hope you all had a good time last
    night, I know the folks at
    Hiwassee was pleased…Ken

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    barbara Gantt
    August 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I planted mine Aug 5th, it came up in three days. Then it turned 90. So it is struggling. I am waiting for it to cool down, then will plant again. Barbara

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    August 22, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I can always count on you, Tipper, to keep me grounded. Just as I am trying to can the last of the green beans in a kitchen that looks as if a vicious vegetable storm blew through…oversized zucchini, wilting green peppers, some type of mutant from the squash family. Green beans are just hard work with all the growing, picking, snapping, and canning. Just when I was wondering why I always plant too much, I see this inviting little picture of tiny kale seedlings. This gardening addict was instantly revived envisioning a neat row of kale to pick until the snow starts blowing. Although not a participant of the Kale Reporting @ Large, I will be right there in spirit. Great picture!

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    Ron Stephens
    August 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I have Dwarf Blue CUrled Scotch seed left over from 2014. I may plant it this coming week. If I miss that it won’t be until early September.
    I hope to find broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprout plants this coming week.
    My summer garden is all but gone, only 2 jalapeno plants, okra, carrots, sweet potatoes and 3 Cherokee Purple tomatoes still producing. I’ve had more garden challenges this year that any other of the 23 years I’ve had a garden here. Just have to soldier on I reckon.

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    Maggie Roberts
    August 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I am not familiar with the Kale Reporting, but last spring I planted the Red Russian, and it grew fantastic until the hot weather hit it. I have grown Lacinato before and it grew well too. Not sure I liked the Red Russian all that well. I had intended to plant some for fall, but had major abdominal surgery in July so a fall garden is just a dream thisyear.

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    Jim Casada
    August 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Tipper–I planted the Red and the White Russian kale types on August 15. It just sate there, lacking enough moisture to sprout, until we finally got a little rain two nights ago. I saw the first sprouts yesterday, although only a few. Hopefully by the passage of another day or two there will be a good stand. I hope to get more in the ground today.
    Jim Casada

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    Miss Cindy
    August 22, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Who knew there were so many varieties of kale! I buy kale every week at the tail gate market in Murphy. There is one vendor who has had kale all summer and I was lucky enough to find them.

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