Not to sound alarmist but if more people knew about kale, I don't doubt that this audacious cruciferous vegetable could easily convince gardeners (and raw food foodies!) to put a few of their other garden veggies out to pasture. Growing kale is a smart and affordable way to get this extremely nutritious (and quite pretty) vegetable on your plate.
|When to sow indoors||6 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||
Cool climates: late spring/early summer
Warm climates: early spring or late summer/early fall
|Germination soil temperature||45° – 95°F|
|Germination length||5-7 days|
|When to transplant||4-6 weeks|
Starbor (resists yellowing)
Winterbor (winter variety)
Red Chidori (purple!)
Wild garden mixes (great raw!)
|pH range||6.0 – 7.5|
|Soil temperature||60° – 65°F|
|Watering||Moderate to heavy, then light after first frost.|
N = moderate
P = moderate
K = moderate
|Fertilizer schedule||Every 2 to 3 weeks; use nitrogen fixing cover crops.|
|When to harvest||Preferably after a frost or two|
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