Sunday, December 1, 2013
Harvesting Kale and Mesclun
Earlier in November the cabbage moth worms were devouring our lacinato kale plants. I would check each day and if I found any, I would toss them in a garden far from my vegetable garden. I hoped that the birds would find them and eat them before they made their way back to my plants, besides I hate to kill anything. This is the first nice batch I have picked from my plants, I would get enough now and then to add to a soup, but now I am getting at least two dozen leaves at a time.
The mesclun salad mix I planted is flourishing too. This batch is from the Mesclun Sassy Salad seeds from Botanical Interests.
Yesterday I also seeded more areas and transplanted some of the Red Winter Kale that was coming up in the mix, I want to make sure it has enough space to grow to full size. Also transplanted some of the Giant Red Mustard plants as these leaves grow to tremendous size and need the extra space. If you like to harvest your Mesclun mix when small, you will not need to transplant any of them, but I like to allow some of the seedlings to grow to full size. These larger leaves are nice to use in soups, and fresh salads. I can pick a couple of the larger leaves and have plenty for a big pot of vegetable soup.