Kale can be planted as early as March for harvest in summer (sooner for baby greens), but it does best grown for the winter garden. For frost-sweetened kale, plant sometime between May and July (varieties like Lacinato and Winterbor take longer to mature, so plant them in early May; Red Russian and Redbor can be planted as late as early July) for harvest all through fall, winter, and next spring.
Veggies & Edibles
A Reformed Slacker’s Guide to Garden Planning
Get the most out of your small-space garden with these tips and resources for planning your most productive vegetable garden ever.
Garlic: good for garden and kitchen alike
Learn how to plant garlic, how to grow garlic, how to harvest garlic, and how to store garlic. Also learn how to use garlic scapes and harvest green garlic.
Zucchini: a love story
Zucchini is, given the right conditions (sun, rich soil, space), dead easy to grow. No need to start it indoors, just poke a few seeds in the ground, water, and wait for the bounty.
Hardy and Unusual Greens to Plant Now for Fall and Winter Harvest
Plant these cold hardy and unusual greens in summer and harvest them all through fall and winter. Focus on seeding hardy greens that will establish quickly and stand up to the coming cool season. Lettuce? Of course. Spinach, chard, and arugula? Yes, yes, and yes. But also consider more unusual greens, both for the salad bowl and stir-fry.
Rhubarb Jewel Cake: How to grow rhubarb and strive for balance through seasonal rituals
Rhubarb is possibly the most popular and easy-to-grow perennial vegetable. I use mine to make Rhubarb Jewel Cake, a simple, but delicious spring dessert that’s rich in flavour but not too sweet.
Vegetable seeds to sow in early spring
Wondering which seeds to start in Vancouver in February or March? These tips for getting your vegetable garden started apply across the Pacific Northwest and similarly mild climates.
Growing food in small spaces: an interview on the Living Homegrown podcast
Have you subscribed to the Living Homegrown Podcast yet? If you’re interested in homesteading, canning, preserving, or gardening, it’s an absolute must. Masterfully produced and hosted by Teresa Loe, one of the loveliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, the Living Homegrown Podcast is all about living “farm fresh without the farm.” Just like […]