Kale,Return Of The Neglected And How I start Pole Beans Early

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Last summer I showed you how I harvest my kale with the cut and come again method, you can see that post here. https://thehomesteadsurvival.com/?p=2761

   Since I only cut some and left the plant I was able to keep harvest until a little after the first snowfall. Then because I had already cleaned out the rest of the garden beds I got lazy and just left the kale there. I figured I would just turn dead roots under when spring planting.

   Well I did the seed sowing the other day and look what I found when I went to turn the dead roots under.
I sowed some new rows of kale in the other bed before I got to this one so I will have plenty of kale for freezing this summer and I will be eating off these kale plants much earlier than the new seeds which is like a nice hug from mother nature this spring.

kale

 

This is how I start my pole beans early. I like to direct sow the seeds in the garden rather than starting indoors and hoping they make it through the transfer to the garden.

   Since I live where most veggies can get frost bitten if you put them out before the end of May.   I give the beans their own mini greenhouses. I don’t know if you can see the condensation inside the juice bottles but it is there which helps to keep the soil damp so the beans can sprout.

   The other reason I use the juice bottles is that we have squirrels and chipmunks and both plague me with digging up my seeds, this prevents them from doing that. If we have a day that feel too warm I simply remove the caps for that day to let the seeds and or seedling breathe, then replace at night or when it gets cool again.

   I plant 3 beans in each little hill,put the bottle over, open the lids and add water. Then push the bottle down well into the wet soil. If the condensation totally disapears I open the caps and add a little water.  In a few weeks I will remove the bottles and hopefully remember to show you pictures of the pretty little bean plants.

pole beans

 

 UPDATE 5/21

Here are the little bean plants out of their green house and on the way to growing up.

green beans