When my daughter first saw me growing kale she asked what it was. When I told her, she said, "I thought it was a flower! It looks too pretty to eat."
There's no doubt about it, kale is one of the more interesting edible plants -- it comes in so many shapes, sizes, colors and textures that you can use it almost anywhere in your edible garden.
And many people do -- you find a lot of people growing "ornamental" kale each fall without any idea that it's edible.
As kale doesn't have many pest problems, it grows well in close proximity to others, making it an excellent border plant!
Depending on the kale variety you use, you can use it either as an edging plant (if you get the lower-growing sort), or as a backdrop to other, shorter plants as you can see in the photo to your right.
Since some kale varieties do look like flowers, putting them in flowerbeds is easy! Just leave them enough room to spread their leaves once your flowers fill in.
You can mix and match your kale varieties to give you the look you want.
If you want to create a specific pattern in your flower garden, using kale plants (rather than starting them in the garden from seed) makes setting up your pattern much easier.
You can also use tree kales as privacy hedges if you grow them in a row.
Look at this fun book I ran across!
Lots of recipes, and a great name ... ;)Click here to get your copy
You might like this article:
Growing Kale -- a Great Alternative to Cabbage (at GrowVeg.com)
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