Inge Leonora-den Ouden

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Accompanying the gardens (front and back yard) of my rented ground-floor appartment in the transformation to a miniature-food-forest, following permaculture principles (nature's laws) in different aspects of life
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Xisca Nicolas wrote:How to find these in Europe?

We cannot receive cuttings, for sanitary reasons, and seed selling is getting blocked... some new laws are making it impossible for small companies to get the authorisations to be able to go on selling to Europe... (i receive the news from some American providers)

Hi Xisca. Here in the Netherlands we have perennial kale too, known by their Dutch name 'Eeuwig moes'. You can order the seeds from the Dutch organic seed companies (Vreeken, De Bolster). But maybe even varieties of perennial kale originating in Southern Europe do exist? Of course they are called by a different name.
I made this painting (the first one I made in this technique with a structure under the acrylic paint). Also the home decoration with wallpaper and the new (knitted) cover on the chair I did myself.

Home decoration in my living room
4 days ago

D. Nelson wrote:Repurpose ... A gift of feathers

Tell and show us please, what did you make out of those wonderful feathers?
4 days ago

Kelly Green wrote:The way I make kale chips is to wash the leaves, and pull out the biggest veins. (They're tough) Then dry the leaves, tear into whatever size pieces you like, drizzle a little olive oil on, and toss.
After that sprinkle with salt and garlic powder to taste and toss again.
Spread the kale in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes. You may need to fiddle with them every ten minutes. You know, move them around, rearrange a little.
I've tried baking them at a higher temperature for a shorter time, but they do better for me the slower way.

Those kale chips are nice!
there's another use of them. The chips are so dry, you can crush them in your hand so it becomes a powder. That powder you can keep in a glass jar with a lid. Use it to spice up soup, stew a.a.
6 days ago

Dave Burton wrote:Good afternoon! Hello Inge! I think it will be interesting to see what grows and where it grows; I do not know if I will be around to see what happens. There are many more adventures and things to do, and there is such a big wide world to explore and experience. I do not know where the leaves I am currently working on scattering will land and take me.

You're right Dave. There's a lot to explore all over planet Earth.
And there will be new 'boots' to follow you up. I hope they will see the plants growing out of the seeds / roots you planted and show photos in their threads.

Dave Burton wrote: ... During the hike, I planted the Allium Ursinum (ramsons) roots around Basecamp! I planted some on my hugelkultur at Plum Plateau, some along Volcano Road, some up at the Caldera of the "Volcano," a couple in Mike Hasaal's hugelkultur, and some by the Library! ...

Good you planted them in different spots, Dave. I am curious to know where/how they will grow.
Here in the Netherlands (as well as in the UK) they grow in forests of deciduous trees. In general they like to be shaded as long as there are leaves on the trees. They bloom in early spring, when there's still sunlight under the trees. But I hope they will do well in different places too ... You never know until you experiment.
When you see green leaves appearing in early spring, having the smell of garlic, and maybe even some white star-like flowers ... Please take some photos!
Perennial brassica (kale) is not only an easy and good-tasting vegetable, it also looks good. I happen to take a photo of frozen droplets on the brassica leaves a few days ago. So I'll share them here too:

frozen droplets on perennial kale

btw in Dutch we call this 'Eeuwig Moes', 'eeuwig' meaning 'eternal'; 'moes' is an old word for something like 'leaf vegetable'.
... when:
-you have a drawer full of used plastic bags, elastics and other things to close bags, skewer sticks, etc.  
-you have a shelf full of used paper, cardboard, small boxes, large envelopes, etc. to use when you need to pack something.
- you have large bags filled with old clothes, sorted by material (linnen, cotton, wool) to use for repairing or even making new clothes.  

These and other things I do!
1 week ago
Yesterday morning there was some frost in the garden. So I made a photo for the theme 'Cold':

Perennial kale with frozen droplets
1 week ago
Dave, please do not let the  Allium Ursinum (ramsons) roots in the seed storage for too long, they need to be planted now, before the real winter starts.