Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Kale

I had two "Tuscano" kale plants left in the kitchen garden. I pulled up one and tossed it on the compost heap. But I have decided let the other one continue to grow. As you can see, the plant is now beginning to bolt. Small clusters of buds have formed at all of the growing tips. Each bud should open to a small flower. If pollinated, the flower will then close and set seed. I am curious what a flowering kale will look like, so this plant gets to keep growing for a little while longer. Besides adding some potential beauty to the kitchen garden, the flowers should also act as a good, early source of food for the pollinators. Stay tuned!

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