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How to Grow Kale

by on November 7, 2012

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You’ve probably seen kale growing and didn’t even know it. Variants of kale and cabbage are use extensively as ornamental plants in fall and winter landscaping. If you haven’t tasted it yet, you have no idea just what you’re missing. It is iron-rich, full of nutrients, and the flavor is out of this world.
AT A GLANCE: KALE
Temp Range: 50 – 60 degrees F
Seed to Plate: 55 days
Light Needs: min. 4-6 hours of full sun
How Much to Grow: 2-3 plants per person
Average Space Needs: 1 plant / Square Foot
Water Needs: moist, well drained soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 –7.0

Sow kale outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked in late winter. You can also sow it in early fall and the process is the same. Kale should be planted 1/4 – 1/2” deep in well-loosened soil. It is incredibly tolerant and will germinate in cold and warm temperatures, but it thrives in cooler weather so early spring and fall are the best choices. In mild climates (zones 7 and higher), kale can be grown well into the winter. Water well and keep the moisture even and the seedlings will start well.

Kale is one of the easiest plants to grow in the urban garden, and it can be harvested throughout the season as needed by just snipping the outermost leaves as you want them. Be sure to leave a few inches of the plant and it will continue to produce for weeks, even months.

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