Harvesting Kale From My Fire Escape

Posted on Dec 16 2009 - 5:03am by Mike Lieberman

The kale has been doing well on my fire escape garden. With the weather dropping into the 20s, I decided it was time to harvest and eat it because that’s what it’s there for.

In harvesting my lettuce, I learned that you should pick the outer most leaves. Otherwise the plant will bolt. Personally, I don’t want it to bolt and want it to keep producing more food for me.

After I picked me some kale salad for lunch, I put the small plastic greenhouse back over it. The question that I have no is will it continue to grow in this 20 degree temperature?

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  • http://lifeonthebalcony.com Fern @ Life on the Balcony

    Totally off topic…but what kind of accent do you have? It sounds part Australian and part Californian?

  • Mike Lieberman

    Off topic Fern. Unacceptable. It's a Brooklyn accent, but I get Australian, Boston, Brooklyn, English…

  • http://twitter.com/AccessoryGal AccessoryGal

    Love Kale! Especially with pasta and sun dried tomatoes! Looks like you got a good haul! :-)

  • Mike Lieberman

    Luckily I was able to harvest it before the snow storm. I've been killin the kale salads lately.

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com GlobalPatriot

    Amazing what can be grown in the most limited of places!

  • http://www.wildwyomingimages.com/ wyominggal010

    I live in Wyoming and we have already had -20 degrees here and our kale is still growing wonderfully. Actually, it gets much sweeter, the colder it gets…awesome stuff, we have it at every meal.

  • Mike Lieberman

    If you want it, anything is possible.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Wow. Unfortunately mine died, but I think it was for a variety of reasons. Need to correct that for 2010. How often you add compost and fertilizer?

  • Mike Lieberman

    If you want it, anything is possible.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Wow. Unfortunately mine died, but I think it was for a variety of reasons. Need to correct that for 2010. How often you add compost and fertilizer?