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Planting a Garden in the Fall

by on November 10, 2011

[portfolio_slideshow]End of summer, early fall is a great time to plant kale, especially in mild climates. Kale is sweeter in cooler temperatures. You can start kale from seeds or seedlings in your garden box. Kale is one of those greens that is pretty easy to grow. It is sturdy and will grow for years, becoming like a tree. As long as kale has enough light and water, it will feed you generously.

GUIDELINES:

  • Full sun (minimum 6 hours per day)
  • Enjoys temperatures between 60 – 65 degrees (this keeps your kale sweet)
  • Slightly acidic soil (5.5 to 7.0pH)
  • High nitrogen
  • Keep soil moist

HOW TO PLANT?

  • 1 plant per square foot

UrbanFig Tip:

ADD A HANDFUL OF COFFEE GROUNDS ONCE A MONTH IF YOUR KALE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE HEALTHY (THIS WILL ADD NITROGEN & RAISE THE ACIDITY). SPRAY WITH WORM LEACHATE OR WORM TEA EVERY 2 WEEKS.

NUTRIENTS: Kale is rich in Vitamins A and C, high in potassium, calcium and iron, and is a good source of fiber.

TYPICAL PESTS OR PROBLEMS:

  • Caterpillars, aphids, cabbage worms, downy mildew

ORGANIC PEST SOLUTIONS:

To get rid of bugs:

Caterpillars/Worms/Aphids: Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Spray

To avoid spraying – do this DAILY:

  • Remove the caterpillars by hand and check the kale daily with vigilance
  • Spray the aphids off with the hose (it’s helpful to have a great nozzle)

Downy Mildew: Fill a spray bottle with ½ milk and ½ water. Spray this mixture generously on the leaves. The mildew will disappear!

Carol Carimi Acutt

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