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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  1. Fern @ Life on the Balcony December 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm -

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

  2. Mike Lieberman December 18, 2009 at 6:26 am -

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

  3. AccessoryGal January 20, 2010 at 10:12 am -

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

  4. Mike Lieberman January 20, 2010 at 10:28 am -

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

  5. GlobalPatriot January 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm -

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

  6. wyominggal010 January 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm -

    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.

  7. Mike Lieberman January 22, 2010 at 7:41 am -

    If you want it, anything is possible.

  8. Mike Lieberman January 22, 2010 at 7:42 am -

    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?

  9. Mike Lieberman January 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm -

    If you want it, anything is possible.

  10. Mike Lieberman January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm -

    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?

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