Gardening with Toddlers: Harvesting Kale!

Spring has finally arrived in Vancouver! While it’s an excellent planting season, Ry & I were able to enjoy some “leaves” of our labour over the cold winter days.

As the weather got warmer in the last week, our kale plants have started to bolt. Therefore, we thought it was time to harvest the kale leaves before they turn bitter. We bought these kale plants locally from the UBC Botanical Garden Shop last fall and they have been thriving, even in our tiny little garden plot next to our garage. Can’t wait to head back there for more vegetables this season.

Of course, Ry was eager to help, so I let her use her own toy scissors to help me cut off the leaves. I did a quick trim with my sharp shears afterwards to ensure there wasn’t too much damage to the plant. She was very proud to display her harvest!! We headed back inside to wash the kale leaves and make some Air Fryer Kale Chips as an afternoon snack!

Easy Air Fryer Kale Chips Recipe

  1. Wash Kale.
  2. Dab them dry with a towel. (The dryer they are, the crisper they will be!)
  3. Add olive oil. Use an olive oil spray if possible. I usually add 2-3 sprays depending on size of batch.
  4. Rub in the olive oil. (This is super important. You want a light coat of olive oil, spread out all over the leaves on both sides.)
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. (I personally like using Himalayan pink salt.)
  6. Lay it out in the air fryer tray or mesh tray. Try not to overlap them too much.
  7. Fry at 375 degrees for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Do you enjoy gardening with your kids too? What have you been planting lately?

Happy Planting!
Cecilia

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