Kale

Kale is a super vegetable which is ideally picked as baby leaves or can be left to mature. It is an excellent source of of vitamin C and A. It is also simple to grow and has exceptional hardiness. A great variety is ‘Nero di Toscana‘ which is as dark a leaf as possible. Harvest from June to March. Kale is also known as borecole in other countries. Easier to grow than a cabbage amazingly.

Sowing Outdoors

Sow directly and thinly into a moist, finely-prepared seed bed, 1.5cm deep. Keep 45cm spacings between rows. Seedlings will appear within 14 and 28 days. Earliest sowings from March.

To harvest baby leaves only, no thinning is required and these can be harvested from June onwards. Keep the soil moist during growth and sow every two or three weeks until September for a continuous supply.

To grow mature leaves, just thin the seedlings to 45cm apart. Harvest from September to March.

Enjoy the leaves raw or cooked.

Sowing Indoors

For mature plants, sow seeds 0.5cm deep into a tray of compost and keep them moist and warm ideally at 15ºC. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them to other trays, 5cm apart, and harden them off until they can be planted out 45cm apart.

Varieties

Dwarf Green Curled – Purchase seeds from Mr Fothergills.

Nero di Toscana – a classic variety which is excellent in pasta sauces for example. Purchase seeds from Mr Fothergills.

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