Kale The ‘New’ Supper Green Garden Vegetable

kale1 Kale seems to have come out of know where and is quickly becoming one of American gardeners favorite green vegetables. Lettuce and spinach are being replaced by Kale as a favorite fresh salad and cooked table green.

Growing Kale Old Farmers Almanac said ” Kale likes Full Sun and grows best in a loamy soil with a neutral pH to slightly alkaline soil.”
Kale is a hardy, cool-season green that is part of the ‘cole’ cabbage family. It grows best in the spring and fall and can tolerate all fall frosts. Kale can be used in salads or as a garnish and is rich in minerals and vitamins A and C. You can plant kale anytime from early spring to early summer.

If you plant kale late in the summer you can harvest it from fall until the ground freezes in winter. Mix 1-1/2 cups of 5-10-10 fertilizer per 25 feet of row into the top 3 to 4 inches of soil. Plant the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep into well-drained, light soil. After about 2 weeks, thin the seedlings so that they are spaced 8 to 12 inches apart. Water the plants regularly but be sure not to over water them. Mulch the soil heavily after the first hard freeze.
The plants may continue to produce leaves throughout the winter. Kale is ready to harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand.
Pick about one fistful of leaves per harvest.

Avoid picking the terminal bud (found at the top center of the plant) this will help to keep the plant productive. The small, tender leaves can be eaten uncooked and used in salads. Cut and cook the larger leaves like spinach, remove the large tough ribs before cooking.

Store kale as you would any other leafy green. Put kale in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator. It should last about 1 week.

Consider planting,
* ‘Vates’, which is a hardy variety and does not yellow in cold weather. It also has curly, blue-green leaves.
* ‘Winterbor’, which resembles the ‘Vates’ variety, and it is frost tolerant.
* ‘Red Russian’, which has red, tender leaves and is an early crop.

Kale with Lemon and Garlic
Potato and Kale Soup Killer Kale salad thanks to Gardener Next Door blog.

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22 responses to “Kale The ‘New’ Supper Green Garden Vegetable

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  2. Not got into kale (yet) but acquired seeds for a scarlet variety, so will be interested to see what happens there 🙂


  3. Do you know of any way to prepare kale and it wouldn’t taste so bitter and strong?


    • Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog and for your comment(s)
      Generally bitter kale can be be caused by, low fertility, low/high soil pH, air/soil temperature heat stress, plants are or have been dry stressed.
      The variety of kale your growing is not well suited for your area of the country.
      Not knowing your gardening conditions, my money is on dry stress conditions. Kale likes a constantly damp (not wet) soil.

      Good luck and happy gardening


  4. I love Kale 🙂 I’ve grown it off and on for a few years. First I tried ‘Chou Moullier’ (not sure if that’s the right spelling), it’s a very tall stalky thing (got taller than me which is not hard anyway) with leaves coming off the sides, good fun for something different in the veg patch! The last couple years I’ve grown something with skinny dark leaves, I loved it so much I potted it up and brought it with me when we moved interstate! I let them go to seed here a few months ago and they self seeded around the place and are now a happy useable size. I love using it in pumpkin soup and green smoothies (banana, kale & fresh orange juice). YUM 🙂


    • Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog and for your comment(s) I like many gardeners are new to growing and using kale on my table. Thanks for your ideas on other uses of kale.
      Happy summer gardening


      • No worries 🙂 we are approaching winter here (Australia), thankfully summer gardening is over, it gets pretty hot!


        • Don’t feel or think I don’t know that the southern hemisphere is 180 degrees out of sink with us in the north. 🙂 It’s just hard for me to write about spring gardening and Fall gardening at the same time

          Happy Fall gardening and winter clean up


  5. Thirty years ago our greengrocer worked very hard to persuade his customers of the attraction sod Kale as a vegetable. I’m glad he did. He won me over.


  6. O hope my kale looks as good as the one in the photo. I tried growing it last year for the first time and it didn’t grow as well as I had hoped. Made changes this year and am hoping for more success.


    • Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog and for your comment(s)
      Grin .. In truth that picture is not my garden, I found the photo some where on the internet!

      Happy summer gardening


  7. Kale is a staple in our house. I plant tons of it from seed even putting it in my decorative pots to feed our rabbits and goats. We blanch and freeze many bags for kale chips all year round. I have found it very easy to grow even in my garden that does not get as much sun as our normal garden. Great post!!


    • Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog and for your comment(s)
      I will add my laying hens to the list of rabbits and goats that like old tough over mature kale.

      Happy spring gardening


  8. I love kale! One of my favourites!


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