Category: Gardening/Local Plant Life

In Defense of Kale

By , September 8, 2019

The Kale Backlash has begun.

I don’t follow trends, generally speaking, so please forgive the distinct lack of back story here. All I know is that some time ago, somehow, kale got to be a big nutritional deal in the U.S.A.

Americans do this, making a particular aspect of food a fad; consider chlorophyll in the ’50s, more recently oat bran, red wine and the like. Each “big deal” becomes a marketing trend, finding its way into the least likely products. Right now, kale almost rivals “gluten free” as the hip nutritional byword/phrase.

And, of course, with the enthusiasm, comes the backlash, mostly from people who don’t like the “hot” item. Such as kale. A lot of people don’t like it, or assume they won’t should they ever try it.

So, who better to defend kale than I, an admitted kale skeptic?

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Some of Michelle’s kale (dinosaur? I think?) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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Morels for Mother’s Day

By , May 12, 2019

Thursday afternoon, I wandered by the homestead’s original rhubarb patch to look for morel mushrooms.

In 2013, to my complete surprise and delight, I found a morel growing out of the garden mound (see Miracle Morel). A mushroom returned in roughly that same spot for a year or two after that, then nothing. Still, I watched the spot, and hoped.

Predictably, I found nothing there. Then I glanced around the rest of the rhubarb mound, then did a double take. I found a morel elsewhere on the mound, then a second one on the opposite side of the patch!

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This is the smaller of the two morels (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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