Kale Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Brassicaceae
Plant Type:
Perennial
Typical Season:
Cool season
Typical Zones Grown In:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Tips By Limitless Growth To Growing Your Own Kale!

Kale is the big rage and buying organic kale in the grocery stores can get PRICY! Grow your own! It’s one of the easiest plants to grow and you can have kale for years to come from one plant.  Kale is one of the few plants that you can harvest all year long, even in the winter months.  If you use something called a hugelkultur setup, you can even keep producing and harvesting in the snow!  There are multiple seed varieties to suit whatever your need is.  If you’re wanting a dwarf plant that doesn’t get too tall, it exists!  If you want one for your cold winter months, it exists!  If you’re wanting a kale tree, it exists!  The options are huge and it would take a lifetime to go through them all!

For the hydroponics and aquaponics growers out there.  Kale is one of the few plants we have a crazy amount of success within any of our systems.  Kale loves the raft system that keeps the roots in constant contact with water.  Or grow successfully in a media bed flood and drain system.

Kale is also incredible for eating.  Packed with antioxidants and useful in many dishes.  Have it in a green smoothie, have it in a salad, or sautee it!  We love kale so much that it’s a common staple for our household!

If you’re new to growing and you’re wanting to find a plant easy to grow, search no more.  Kale is one of the easiest and will save you a killing in the grocery store!

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow, Start Indoor
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, May, June, July
When to Start Indoors:
March, February, April, May, June, July, August, September
Sprouting Time:
7-10 days.
Soil Temperature (C):
10-30
Depth:
3-4 seeds 5mm (¼”) deep
Spacing (cm):
45-60cm (18-24″)
Row Spacing (cm):
75-90cm (30-36″)
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade,Full Sun
Maturity Time:
50-70 days
When To Harvest:
January, March, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
How to Harvest:
Kale and collards can both be grown as a cut and come again crop for salad mixes by direct-seeding and cutting when plants are 5-8cm (2-3″) tall. They will re-grow. Or pick leaves from the bottom up on mature plants as you need them. In spring, the surviving plants start to flower, so eat the delicious flowering steps and buds.

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves, stems, and flowers
Potential Health Benefits:
Cancer-Fighting, Weight Loss, Nutrient-Dense, Eye Health, Immune Health, Mineral Dense, Heart Health

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Chamomile, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Sage
What Plants to Avoid:
Eggplant, Pepper, Potato, Tomato
Common Pests:
Protect from cabbage moths and other insect pests with floating row cover.
Common Disease:
Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation, avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.
Bonus Grow Tips:
Although most kale is used as an annual, many varieties are actually perennial, which means it will continue to produce through multiple seasons if you care for it correctly. An essential part of this is to ensure you're harvesting on a regular basis.

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