I’ve coined the term, Kale-a-bration because that’s how I feel when my kale plants are thriving beautifully. There’s a celebratory feeling that comes over me every time Im in my garden. Kale is my new go-to because it goes in practically every dish I make. From salads, cold or hot pasta dishes, soups, green juices and can’t forget my smoothies. My kale patch serves my family of five well, and I still have enough to share with my friends and family. There’s nothing better than freshly picked kale. The flavors are so strong and the leaves are full of life and vigor. Growing my own garden saves me a lot of money. What I grow serves my family through the summer and winter months. I freeze my greens, tomatoes and so much more for the winter months. My favorite is definitely the kale plant.
Kale is very easy to grow and extremely versatile. It also grows well into the cold winter months. This superfood is packed with a slew of vital nutrients our bodies depend on. Just one cup of chopped cooked kale contains 1180% of the daily requirement of vitamin K, 98% of vitamin A and 71% of vitamin C, 27% of manganese, 6% calcium, 22% copper and so much more! There’s also a mixture of antioxidants like cartotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin – help promote eye health, protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration) and flavonoids (more than 45) which have anti-cancer properties. It also contains 10% dietary fiber and only has 36 calories!
The brassicas vegetables are highly nutritious for fighting cancers. It’s beneficial to eat them everyday. The kale variety I’m growing is known by three names, Lacinato kale, dinosaur kale and Tuscan kale. It’s one of my favorite to plant because it’s easy to grow from seed, cooks exceptionally well, and the crop loves the cold, so I’ll continue harvesting from this patch way into the winter months. I’m also growing cabbage, collards, bok chow, broccoli and cauliflower. A healthy blend of the brassica family. My garden is grown with no pesticides or herbicides. I take careful pride in what I plant and how it’s maintained. If I have pest, I don’t spray harmful chemicals. I rely on ladybugs 🐞 and praying mantis to eat aphids and other small pest, which usually infest my brassicas. If you’re interested in organic pest control, order from Peaceful Vally.