Kale is a resilient variety of cabbage. It does not have a compact head like other cabbage varieties though. It has upright stems and big leaves.
Kales Health Benefits:
Kale has many health benefits, especially if you cook it via steaming.
Kale can lower your cholesterol. It is also rich in fiber and thus good for digestion.
Kale can reduce the risk of colon, breast, bladder, prostate and ovarian cancers.
Kale is also excellent for detoxification diets because it’s an antioxidant. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Ideally, you should eat two cups of kale at least three times per week.
This article will teach you how to grow kale successfully so you can benefit from it straight from your own garden.
Kale is generally considered a cold weather crop. Guides on how to grow kale often claim it tastes best if it’s been touched by frost. This is actually untrue though.
You can grow kale during all seasons of the year, and in most climates. However, the flavor of the kale will be impacted by the temperature it’s grown in.
If grown in temperatures that exceed eighty Fahrenheit, the kale will taste somewhat bitter and the texture will be tougher.
How To Grow Kale In A Pot:
You can easily grow kale in a pot. The pot must provide the kale with at least six inches of growing space.
The kale seeds should be planted exactly in the middle of the pot. Use a decent layer of compost, and plant the seeds half an inch deep.
Place the kale pots in a partly shaded area during the summer.
How To grow Kale From Seed In A Garden:
You may prefer to plant kale in your garden though, as I do.
Start by finding the right location within your garden in which to plant your seeds.
Kale is a resilient biennial, but most people grow it annually.
If you decide to plant it while the weather is cool, you should look for a spot where the kale will get sunshine during all daylight hours.
If you plant during warmer weather, partial shade is preferable.
Kale grows best among other plants including herbs, celery, beets, potatoes and onions.
Beware that Kale doesn’t thrive when planted alongside tomatoes, strawberries or beans.
Soil Needed To Grow Kale:
The kind of soil in which you plant your kale will also have a bearing on your success.
Kale grows best in moist, well-drained and loamy soil which is average in terms of fertility.
Kale doesn’t thrive in nitrogen rich soil. It grows best in soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.8.
You can add wood ash to your soil if it is too acidic.
Both sandy and clay-rich soils will have a negative impact on the flavor of your kale.
Temperature Needed To Grow Kale:
The temperature of the soil is also important when it comes to the germination of kale seeds.
Ideally, the temperature of the soil should be about seventy degrees, and should never be lower than forty degrees.
If you start your kale seeds indoors, do so 5-7 weeks before the last expected frost of the year.
If you start them outside, do so 2-4 weeks before the last frost or at any point at least ten weeks before the first frost of the coming season.