| Art |

Hale Kale revegetates old University of Colorado hospital site: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Revegetation is the natural process of plant colonization designed to repair damage to a neighborhood due to stalled mixed-use retail development projects. A simple application of Hale Kale seed in untended flower pots and abandoned parking strips is believed to grow leafy greens that have potent anti-cancer properties for real estate and resident alike... As shown in the illustration above, Hale Kale is pretty enough to plant near houses or apartments. Much larger than regular kale, the stems are purplish and the leaves are shaped like single-family homes and colored a velvety light gray green. The purple colors become richer and sweeter toward the center.

Neighborhood hints: Hale Kale requires refined cultivation; visit frequently and keep the soil watered and weed-free. Plants may be left outdoors all winter. Snowfall only improves the flavor.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Historic Preservation Month tribute to Denver's version of 7-11: Kenny Be's Special Report."

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.