Growing Kale

Kale is a great green to plant any time of year, but it really loves the cool weather. This member of the cabbage family is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. No matter your zone, plant kale right about now for a winter or spring harvest.



Kale is a great green to plant any time of year, but it really loves the cool weather. This member of the cabbage family is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. No matter your zone, plant kale right about now for a winter or spring harvest.

If you live in a warm climate, plant kale in October to November for a late winter harvest. If your climate is cooler, plant kale seeds in the fall and cover with straw to insulate. The greens will be get a head start on growing in the spring.

In any situation, kale should be planted anytime the ground is workable. Sow seeds ¼-½” deep, one inch apart in rows 18 to 30 inches apart. Plant in full sunlight with a neutral soil pHThin seedlings to about 8 inches apart. Kale germinates easily in cool or warm soil temperatures with even moisture, and it is very tolerant to cold weather. In fact, it even tastes better after a brief frost!

Harvest kale when the leaves are big enough to eat. You can either cut away what you need or harvest the entire plant.

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