Kale – Good And Good For You

Kale is 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 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 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 NPK 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.
Mulch the soil heavily after the first 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.

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 leaf ribs before cooking.

Store kale as you would any other leafy green. Put kale in a 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.

brusselkale Source FOX News Report
A new hybrid from U.K. vegetable breeder Tozer Seeds that’s a hybrid (Not a GMO) of two super trendy vegetables, Brussels sprouts and kale.
BrusselKale is set to make its North American debut in Toronto later this month.
According to Tozer Seeds, the leafy green vegetable gets its “fantastic flavor by combining the complex taste of the Brussels sprout with the mild, sweet ‘nutty’ taste of the kale.”
Note: I have looked on Tozer Seeds web site and can’t seem to find this Brussels sprout/Kale hybrid listed in their catalog.

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12 responses to “Kale – Good And Good For You

  1. Here’s a way to make kale a favorite in your house – somebody already mentioned kale chips, they’re easy. Use that spray on olive oil, give it a light coat, then sprinkle it with garlic salt. Put it on a cookie sheet, into a 325 oven, about 8 – 10 minutes, maybe 15. Watch it until it starts to blacken. It becomes so crispy, it just disintegrates in your mouth. My husband can accomplish this on the grill, but that’s tricky. Even my vegetable hater will gorge himself on these.

    I hated it as a kid, but I love it now.

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  2. charlotte rixon

    I love kale and I’ve heard that it’s the best thing to feed to ducks.

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  3. Our kale is always severely attacked by some kind of bug. This year, we had some growing under an insect barrier cloth and eureka! Tons of kale. The bitten leaves that are not under the barrier cloth are chopped up and given to the chickens. They wait for me every day to bring it along with a variety of other greens that were partially eaten by bugs.

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  4. Kale chips are delicious too.

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  5. We have Kalettes in the UK or flower sprouts. The sprouts are like little cabbages.

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  6. It’s far from replacing lettuce or spinach or even cabbage in many households. Just sayin’ …

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  7. Kale is so good! We do collards here in Ga.. on mild winters we have collards into January.

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  8. It makes great soup too.

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