Calling all "judges" for the annual DG County Fair! Vote for your favorites here!

Kale Kontest - 2009

(Zone 6a)

SO here it is! The Official Kale Kontest 2009. I've cleared out a nice size patch in the lot behind the Cafe so there's more then enough room for everyone to join and grow their Kale. So far theres only 3 of us..........................And they are:
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SW_gardener (Me)

BLOSSOMBUDDY

terriculture

gardengus

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If you'd like to join please feel free to jump in with your Kale! And be sure to post lots of pictures too!
See you in the Kale Patch!

Steven

This message was edited Aug 28, 2009 9:42 AM

(Zone 6a)

Here's what I've strated so far for my Kale......I cut paper tubes into sections and I plan on using those as my starter pots. I still have one more roll to cut up so that will give me at least 10 plants.

Here's a pic

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Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Cool Steven. Here I am with my packets of seed!

So your the judge eh!?

I have not decided just how I am going to start them. Still pondering that thought!

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(Zone 6a)

Ooo, very nice! Mine are called 'Osaka Mix'. I think I'll start mine inside then harden them off once they grow a bit. If I start them outside they'll just end up toasting in the sun or rotting in too much rain.

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Well, your Honor, I was a thinking to maybe start my kales in a cell flat right off. Cover it with saran then after it germinates grow them out until root bound and transplant them later. I will be starting them in my GPS tomorrow if things go ok. Seems ole Blossom is always a day later or two than hoping!

Got another packet of seeds here by Stokes...might get two flats going.

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(Zone 6a)

Ooooooooooo, mine are going to have to be super kale if they're to have a fighting chance against your 2 flats! I would like to use a flat tray but I'm trying to be frugal *sigh* so I'm reusing the paper rolls. What kind are your kale from Stokes? Theres one I've always wanted to try called 'Redbore' or something like that. Do start kale every year?

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

I will have to see if the Stokes gave a name. I am using used cell flats. I recycle too!

Well, I hope to sow them tomorrow. Will post back as things go!

(Zone 6a)

Wow, you're better at recycling then I am! Do you reuse the cell packs? I'm always too impaitent and just tear the thing...

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Oh yeah, I recycle the cells too. Hint if you take your finger and push the bottom up it will pop the plants out! I find if you just grab the plant you will leave the dirt in the cell if it is not rootbound.

OK, the name of the Stokes is Naygoya mix.

Got them sown. So it begins! LOL!

london England, United Kingdom

Hey you two! I haven't bought my seeds yet... LoL!

This message was edited Aug 5, 2009 11:05 PM

(Zone 6a)

Oh I still need to sow mine

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I'm procrastinating again!

london England, United Kingdom


Kale seed update .... I haven't found any yet... lol!

(Zone 6a)

Update - I haven't planted mine yet.....I will this week though!

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

update....hurry up! LOL!

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Whaaaaah! My kales damped off...I reseeded a new tray today...

This message was edited Aug 20, 2009 3:59 AM

(Zone 6a)

*phew* I guess I'm not far behind.............I still need to sow mine!

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

u wan kethup with dat?

(Zone 6a)

yes.....hopefully on the weekend :)



CRAP!



I just realized I'm out of soil!



Next week then when I get some $$$

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Chillax man, you mean manure? Ya gots to get the manure!!! LOL!

Dont feel bad, Im running out of seed so may have to cheat, asking the judges permission thatis if I can find any kales in the GH's anywhere!

Dang damping off driving me nutsy!

(Zone 6a)

I've got manure but you can't plant seeds in manure can you?

If you want to get some kale from the GH feel free :) I'll probably end up doing the same this if I get any :S

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Nah, I was teasing.. manure is fer fertilizing after the seed media...

Gads I am having issues with damping off. Well, I did re-cycle some potting media.. geuss the kale is a tad sensative to starting in that. Hmmm will have to try a different approach....

(Zone 6a)

This is a pretty crazy contest.....It's almost the beginning of September and none of us has any kale :) hahahahaha
Maybe we should change it to "The most attractive fall planter contest!"?

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Sounds fun SW... were all gonna have store boughts at this rate here anyway as it looks now! LOL!

(Zone 6a)

Theres a nice basket in the basement that I think I might try a fall planting in! I think it could look quite nice with some kale and some pansies.....maybe some mums! Lowes has the nicest and cheapest mums! And last year they had gentians too!

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Well, that settles it, first chance I get I am going to Smits! Its a lovely family runned GH with loads of goodies...

My kale seeds are dun. Ka-putski!

(Zone 6a)

Aww....you're going to beat me! I probably won't have mine together for a couple weeks!

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Just a picture to tease you all.

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Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

This is what you are working on
Not mine a photo I took in southern Indiana shopping.
They are impressive

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Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

LOL! Hi Gus, now your with the program! You win! First kale picture poster!! Mine dint count, that was a seed packet!! LOL!

Anyway, Smits it is.. now hoping they will have some. Be a cuple weeks at least before I can even get there though. I might beable to browse there this weekend, but as for buying.. hmmmm empty wallet syndrone, so you still got a chance tobeat me!

....and about that other contest SW.... go ahead and make our day, we all need a carrot to prod us along!

I nominated haighr to start a gourd and pumpkin fest thread.. dont know if she got the job or not!

(Zone 6a)

Hi Gus and thanks for you pics! They are a tease! I seem to be suffering from empty wallet syndrone like Blossom so I will need to wait too :(


The gourd and pumpkin fest sounds like a great idea but I have nothing to contribute :) hahahaha. I couldn't even post a cucumber which is sort of like a gourd because they've stopped producing.

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Well I am washed up in the kale contest so far. I went to Smits and they did not have any. Dang! Gonna have to peak elsewwhere for any kale.

But Smits gave me my seeds for the 2010 Tomato Ternament...! hehehe!

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Well. Leos had them.. $3.69 each... toooo steep for my blood...

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Browns had 3 left...They were lovely but I did not like the plants. They were too simple and plain green. Was hoping to find some purples, ruffles and such.... boy they are hard to come by!

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Our Lowes have them for 2.98
and Rural King has them for 2.49
Lowe's had the better slection
I do not have the time or room so will not be getting any here.

(Zone 6a)

I planted some fall containers in the front yesterday! I have to sya they look pretty good! I got my plants at Lowes but passed by the kale, not everyone here likes the kale so I bought some cream coloured mums, red pansies, yellow and purple pansies and yellow mums. I also added in an asperagus fern I had. I'll get a pic soon!

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Seems here too, what kale is available is not very pretty.. just the plain greens and maybe a purple now and again, but no ruffles etc....and sooo expensive... chepaest I found was $2.50 at a farm stand, but the plants were nothing to write home about. An edible cabbage would have been prettier!

(Zone 6a)

My favorite fall annuals that you never see for sale in the fall (go figure) are Calendulas, Snapdragons , Stocks and Dianthus. All of them are extreamly frost tolerant and can flower straight into November. Calendula blooms also can get massive once the weather cools down.

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

My calendulas self sow every year, and I agree they are a very nice late flower.
Do you need some seeds?

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Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

I have some snaps, marigolds, allysums, dianthus, gomphrena, petunias, coleus, begonias, impatiens and a few others going yet from what I got in the spring!

And man, that four oclock, it has had an endless summer! I have picked a small handfull of seed daily from that!

Im gonna have to try the calendulas... I have some seed and never yet had a chance to do them..

I was at Leos today and saw some gorgeous pansys, mums and kale and came out of their with 2 new daylilies! LOL! Wedding Band and Rosy returns. The pansys were $14.95 a flat...OUCH! The daylilies buy 2 get the third free and they were $5 each...I think I got the better deal in the daylilies for something to return yearly!

I gave up on the kale. Dawg gone, $2.96 per plant.... a bit much for me.

(Zone 6a)

15$ for a flat? MEGA OUCH! But good score on the daylilys!

Thanks Gus for the seed offer! But just got some heirloom seeds in the spring that turned into a nice mix. But thank-you for the offer!

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