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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Yes! MEGA OUCH on the pansys. and I adore them and would love a ton of them, but not at that cost! I wonder if I could start a few as houseplants? OMG, where the heck will I put them with all that I am bringing in now!
Yep, good score on those days! Wedding Band elsewhere has been particularly price so $5 on each.. and a decent clump in the pot too.
I am sooo disappointed no good deals on kale. Did see som eglorios PURPLE pepper plants. They were ornamental pot crops with orand and green and red little peppers! Now if I can still get one next week, I just might do it for the seed! Be a fun pretty little crop for containers next season!
I was disappointed in the mums too. Most were soo bloomed out already so getting any would be so short in enjoymen ton those. But they sure were pretty! Since I flood, doing them in the garden is a nightmare, but pot cropping.. that would be ok, but not this year.