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When Kale Bolts

Kale is a biennial plant. This means it will return for a second year. The second year is the end of its life cycle. To start the life cycle again, it will bolt with the aim of producing more kale.

Bolting has been mentioned many times on this website, and it is when plants flower and go to seed.

The good news is that all hope is not lost. Gardeners have many options.

1) Gardeners can keep the kale in a cool place and shade it in hopes of delaying the bolting process and getting more kale leaves to eat.

2) Gardeners can let the kale go to seed and then plant the seeds to grow more kale.

3) Gardeners can eat the bolted kale stalk with the flowers since it all is edible.

Today, I am choosing to eat the kale stalk with its flowers. I am going to stir fry it just like you would do broccolini.

Fellow gardeners, what do you do with your bolted kale?


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