Growing for the Winter

Many of us plant brassicas–kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower et al.– in late summer and fall so that we will have fresh produce to eat in the winter.  But did you know that by collecting the seeds of the plants that have survived the snow and ice, you will be genetically predisposing the next year’s crop to do the same?  In our experience with plants like Red Russian Kale, those that survive the harsh winter climate are also more likely to weather the summer heat.

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