I’ve started to pack ziplock gift bags of raw kale or arugula with me every time I go out to meet clients. Not for my own personal consumption, the gift bags are part of my aggressive new kale management strategy. Many of my clients and a few of my friends have accepted the bags; I have no idea if they consume them. Here are 5 reasons that I am sharing the kale love this year:
- Kale apparently fights cancer.
- Picking it young keeps it tender, because old kale gets tough and strong.
- Late in the summer kale gets aphids, rots and then the whole plant needs to be pulled out.
- Eating frozen kale in the middle of winter has zero appeal (trust me).
- I am trying to keep the kale from shading out the lettuce and other plants.
I am heading into my office job this morning with a big arugula salad for lunch and a baggie of arugula for my vitamix-owning colleague.
Other garden stuff:
- The Man bought an awesome new pump which he used to fill all seven of the rain barrels at the back of the yard. Now that it is so hot, I have been waking early and watering everything when it is still cool.
- Many of the lettuces and the arugula are starting to bolt, so I have been trying to harvest them just before they start to flower.
- The first of the fava beans are ready and will be harvested for dinner tonight. I am going to try to freeze several bags again. Unlike frozen kale, the frozen fava beans were fabulous in paella and soups.
- The potatoes are doing much better than last year, and the plants themselves are very robust and starting to flower.
- Raspberries are hitting their peak, although not all of them are as sweet as expected.