Our Little Roots is a subscription box that brings you a garden in a box every month. I snapped a subscription up during a Cratejoy sale and received my second box (and some seeds for Siberian Dwarf Kale) early July.
Every month they send all supplies needed to plant seeds in a garden. It’s designed as an educational tool for children, but works for me as a nice twist on subscription boxes.
Siberian Dwarf Kale
The July box contained two biodegradable pots, two peat pellets, and seeds for Siberian Dwarf Kale (aka Brassica oleracea.) But first – colorful wrapping paper.
And then, pots and peat (and the underside of the wrapping paper.)
Information about the Kale. It takes 50 days to reach maturity.
A recipe for Sausage and Kale Pesto Pizza.
And finally, the Kale seeds and two plain white plant markers.
In the lower left corner, you can see that July and August are months to start growing Kale. But because it’s been near 90 every day this July, I’m not sure I want to try kale quite yet.
The beets I planted earlier did not even sprout…but I think I planted them too late in the year. The spinach and swiss chard made valiant efforts, but…well…they failed. And I don’t want to make the same mistake with the kale.
I’ve also heard that kale improves with cooler weather and (at least some kale) likes frost. And given that my garden is actually more weeds than producing plants this year, I think I’ll wait a little bit longer. Maybe plant mid-August hoping for a mid-to-late October harvest? Or if I plant them closer to the harvest will they make it to November and the first snows?
Hmm, so much to think about.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the Our Little Roots subscription box and have my fingers crossed for the Siberian Dwarf Kale. This would be an interesting gift for anyone who enjoys gardening.
But now, what will they send for August?