How to Grow the Best Delicious Kale in Your Garden

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Kale is a nutritious and easy vegetable to grow. Here is a simple guide to growing kale.

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This post is all about how to grow kale in a vegetable garden.

Hardy and hearty, kale is one the easiest vegetables to grow in a garden.

Kale is one of the fastest and easiest vegetables to grow, and it also provides a lot of flavor and nutrition for many types of drinks and meals.

There are many reasons to grow kale, including:

  • Kale is a vegetable that is fast and easy vegetable to grow;
  • It is a hardy vegetable that can be grown in containers, pots, raised beds, or in the ground;
  • Kale is versatile and can be used in many recipes, including sauté, stir fry, casserole, salad, and smoothie; ND
  • Growing your own kale means that you always have fresh greens to cook from the garden when they are in season.

Kale grows best during the cooler months of fall and spring. It can grow from seed to harvest in about 8 weeks, or 2 months.

Getting started with growing kale can be as simple as sowing kale seeds in pots or in the ground, or buying plants from a local nursery.

Kale is easy to grow from seeds, and growing kale from seeds gives you a variety to chose from.

Some common kale varieties include Blue Curled Scotch kale, Nero di Toscana (a.k.a. Dinosaur) kale, and Winterbor kale.

Rarer or unique kale varieties include Dazzling Blue kale, Portuguese Tronchuda kale, Red Ursa kale, and Scarlet kale.

When starting seeds inside, especially during winter months, using a seed heat mat and plant grow light helps to give seeds and seedlings the heat and light they need to germinate and thrive.

Here is an easy guide to growing kale for a garden.

How to Grow Kale

  • Start with a packet of kale seeds. Seeds can be started indoors in late winter for spring gardens or in mid-summer for fall gardens.
  • Fill 2” containers with rich soil.
  • Place 2 to 3 kale seeds ¼ to ½-inch deep in each container, about 1” apart from each other.
  • Place seed containers in a warm and sunny place. Seeds should germinate in about 8 to 12 days. Using a seed heating mat and plant grow lights may help with germination.
  • Thin seedlings out to one plant per container when the plants reach 1 to 2-inches tall. Thinned out plants can be added to compost or replanted to see how they grow.
  • Allow seedlings to continue to grow for about 4 weeks before planting them outside. Harden plants off, by placing them outside in a sheltered area for a few hours each day, for about a week before planting in the garden.
  • Kale can be grown in the ground, in raised beds, and in containers. Space kale plants about 18 to 24 inches apart when growing them in the ground or in raised beds. If growing kale in containers, then use a container that is 10- to 12-inches wide and deep for each plant.
  • Once planted, kale should be ready to harvest about 50 to 60 days. Use fresh kale leaves in smoothie, stir fry, salad, casserole, or sauté recipes.

If you don’t want to grow kale from seed, then you may be able to find kale plants to grow at your local nursery or garden center. Look for kale plants during the spring or fall garden seasons.

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