how to grow kale
Start kale indoors early in the season and transplant them outside from March onwards. Use a seedling tray and plant one seed per cell about 1/2" deep and cover it with soil. After the seedlings start to emerge, wait until they have 3 true leaves to plant them outside. Kale is a biennial and will produce an abundance of leafy greens throughout multiple seasons if it is harvested correctly. As kale grows throughout the season it may need an additional feeding of seaweed fertilizer. If you are planting for a Fall and Winter crop, start the Kale in a seedling tray in July and August and plant it outside by mid- September.
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Harvest your leaves by clipping them when they are 4-5 weeks old. They can also be left to grow a little longer and produce larger leaves. Harvest the bottom leaves or the oldest leaves first, but be sure to leave at least 4 leaves for new growth. Clip leaves as close to the central stalk as possible without damaging the stalk.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try letting your kale bolt in its second year, It happens in the early spring and is a great early source of pollen for the bees, and the flowers taste sweet and delicious. The flowers and florets are an absolute treat, and can be cooked like asparagus
Greens 1 cup: Vitamin A (206%), Vitamin C (134%), Vitamin K (684%), Vitamin B6 (9%), Manganese (26%), Copper (10%), Calcium (9%)
Preparing and using
Kale is super rich in nutrients and very versatile in the kitchen. Once harvested place it in an airtight bag or container, and put it in the fridge. It is best used as fresh as possible, but be sure to wash it really well as there might be some cabbage worms hiding