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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 6912
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 8:57 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Slim wrote:
In light of kayak storage pictures, I'm curious how many folks over your way grow cold hardy greens in their poly-tunnels this time of year?

It's not really enough sunlight to get growth, but if you establish them in the late fall, they charge forward as days start lengthening in February.

Eliot Coleman's books are sort of the bible of winter growing over here
https://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Coleman/e/B000APSTD0


Cold hardy greens? Kale and the like?

We don't let people who grow kale have internet access. They're not good people.

Not been very diligent have you? I grow kale and I eat it and I like it! I ALSO grow Swiss Chard.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33569
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The post above me is just white noise. Is there a problem?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 6912
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33569
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Let this be a warning to you kids. Be like Zammo. Just say no (to kale).

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4450
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Luckily he won't be able to read this, but wait until Nick hears that my OH makes us kale smoothies almost every morning. That's right, we even drink the stuff! (plus a bunch of fruit, it tastes great and not like sucking down lawn clippings the way I imagined it would the first time I tried)

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 6912
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might have to try that! Well, as long as it tastes nothing like wheat grass. Disgusting stuff.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4450
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In a blender: Pint of water, handful of kale leaves (mid-ribs removed - we use lacinato kale), two bananas, and a mango (or frozen berries, or what have you). Makes a pint for each of us. Comes out dark green, or lighter green if a lot of fruit, or somewhat gross purpley if a lot of dark berries.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1322
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I grew purple sprouting for 20 years Slim, though not in the last 20 years. One of the best ever vegetables IMHO.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8420

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I grow curly kale and purple sprouting broccoli as the main cabbages as they seem to be the ones that do best in our soil. Useful through the winter too.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35818
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have some Daubeton's Kale, the perennial stuff, doing quite well and I have got some wild cabbage I'm going to put in under the apple trees. Purple sprouting I have loads of - it's one of our family staples.

You're all bonkers, btw.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 6912
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
We have some Daubeton's Kale, the perennial stuff, doing quite well and I have got some wild cabbage I'm going to put in under the apple trees. Purple sprouting I have loads of - it's one of our family staples.

You're all bonkers, btw.


Said the pot to the kettle...

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1322
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you may have meant "WE are all bonkers", Chez, meaning your gang, not all on D.S. surely? Just trying to get you out of the deep FYM....

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14739
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez takes great delight in finding anyone even slightly more bonkers than she is. Don't burst her bubble!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8420

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 17 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Must have a look for the Daubetons Kale.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4450
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 17 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I came across this book a few months ago, not sure why I didn't think to post it here earlier

http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-forest-garden-greenhouse

Some really interesting discussion of forcing warm daytime air under the soil as thermal storage. Also incorporation of a sauna with the greenhouse catching waste heat. Fun things to think about

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