the lacquered onion.
Beets, borage, tomatoes,
I came in and I put everything
on the counter: chives, parsley, dill,
the squash like a pale moon,
peas in their silky shoes, the dazzling
I finally sorted my seeds (they have been stashed safely for the past three years) and figured out what we have to plant in our family garden this year. I save the Brassicas and heirloom beans, which I mostly grow for their dried beans. Here is a photo of the Brassica seeds on my dining room table. I am late planting this spring, but I'll get a little bit in now and save the rest for late summer-fall planting.
I think Mary Oliver is referring to the Lacinato, or dinosaur, kale variety (lower left corner of the photo) when she uses the words 'The kale's puckered sleeve'. What do you think?
Which varieties have you planted already?
Where kale is more than decoration on my plate!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD