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Kale protection

more quick hoops

A cold snap last night motivated us to put up three more quick hoops today.

Looks like we'll have even more kale than last year, which was a fair amount.

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Can kale not just be left uncovered? I'm north of you, and i not, I'd best get my quickhoops over it!
Comment by Julie Mason Sat Nov 9 05:18:19 2013

Julie --- Kale will usually survive the winter here, but you don't get much after a certain point. If you cover the plants lightly, though, we tend to be able to eat them for most of the winter, so I figure it's worth it!

On the other hand, you could live in a warmer zone even if you're north of us. We're in zone 6, and in a cold part of it since we live on a north-facing hillside. If you live in DC or Philadelphia, you might eat kale all winter without protection.

Comment by anna Sat Nov 9 07:27:21 2013
Anna, just wonder which 6 are you, 6a or 6b? My area is divided and I'm 6b being closer to the coast.
Comment by Marco Sat Nov 9 09:44:12 2013
Marco --- We're in 6b, although I'd say our microclimate in the winter is more like 6a. (In the summer, the sun is higher in the sky and doesn't get blocked by the hill, so we're definitely 6b, and maybe even nearly 7.)
Comment by anna Sat Nov 9 09:56:33 2013

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