Kale

(Brassica oleracea) Kale may be the hardiest and easiest to grow of the cabbage kin. It excels in cold weather, tasting best after frost has kissed the tender, succulent leaves, and making moderate growth whenever there is even a slight warm spell. In the spring, sow seeds 8 to 10 weeks before last spring frost. For fall harvest, sow seeds directly from July-September for a late fall crop that will taste super sweet after a bit of frost exposure. Sow seeds ¼ inch to ½ inch deep, ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F. Seeds germinate in 8-10 days. Kale and collards require good moisture. Kale prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Set plants out or thin to 10-18 inches apart. Kale thrives in rich soil, heavy on organic matter, that is moisture retentive but well drained.

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