Kale Green Curls - Renee's Garden
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|Plant in||Sun/Shade||Planting Depth||Space Seeds||Days to Germinate||Days to Harvest|
|Feb.-May Aug.-Sept.||Full Sun||1/2 inch.||Indoors: 2 inch. Pots: 6 Inch.||7 - 10 days||Approx. 50|
TO START INDOORS
In very early spring, sow seeds in seed starting mix 2 in. apart and 1/2 in. deep. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are well-established, then plant outdoors 6 in. apart.
PLANTING IN CONTAINERS
Use pots a minimum 15-18 in. in diameter and 12 in. deep and start with fresh potting mix. Sow groups of 2-3 seeds 6 in. apart, 1/2 in. deep. Keep evenly moist. When large enough to handle, thin to leave one seedling per group, so plants have room to mature. Keep mulched to conserve moisture. Feed with high Nitrogen fertilizer every 2-3 weeks. If it gets hot, check and water daily; otherwise, water when top in. of soil is dry.
Kale tastes best in cool weather and frost actually enhances colour, flavor and sweetness. Plant in early spring and again in late summer/early fall.
HARVEST AND USE
Begin harvesting outer leaves when plants have at least 6 leaves. Vitamin and Antioxidant rich kale is tender and delicious in fresh salads, especially with sliced fruit and/or nuts. Use in smoothies, soups, stews and sautés; or braise with garlic and olive oil. Pull and discard when plants begin to bloom as leaves of flowering stalks get tough and bitter.