Growing Kale-Tips and Techniques
Growing kale is considered to be a good idea by many especially if you fond of this variety of garden greens. Available in both green as well as purple colors the kale belongs to the cabbage family and is known as ‘Brassica oleracea’ botanically.
Articles Required To Grow Kale
- Garden Spades and Trowels
- Kale Plants and Seeds
- Compost Makers
- Running covers
How to Grow Kale
- Selecting the proper kind of seed is very important while growing kale. Curled Vates, Dwarf Blue, Winterbor and Red Russian are the ones which are hardy and can resist snow and frost.
- A sunlit patch of soil with pH between 5.5 and 6 is ideal for kale cultivation. The soil should be well-drained and treated with compost before the seeds are sown or the plants are transplanted.
- Kale usually thrives in cool weather and needs to be covered with cloches or running covers in places with excessive hot climates.
- Kale seeds are usually sown in half inch deep pits with each of them being separated by 4-5 inch. The young plants can be thinned out for better yield increasing the space in between to 12 inches.
- Watering the plants well is important but water logging may destroy them. Side dressing the plants with compost mixture will help in sustaining the growth of the young kale plants.
- Mulching the kale plant becomes essential once it is 6 inches tall.
- Harvesting the kale leaves is possible within 55-60 days of the transplant when the plant becomes 8-10 inch in height.
- The entire plant can be cut leaving 2 inches of it in the ground if you are keen to use all the kale leaves at one go.
Tips for Growing Kale
- Kale can be grown as a companion plant to beetroot, potatoes and leeks.
- Spraying pesticide which are organic in nature will help the plants to stay safe from cut worms and cabbage worms.
Growing kale will help you to obtain your salad greens straight from the garden without any additional expense involved.
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