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Kale (Brassica oleracea (Acephela Group))   Edit Report inappropriate crop

The easiest of the Brassicas to grow, Kale will put up with almost any conditions apart from waterlogged or very loose soil and a long, hard frost. Older leaves can be bitter but the taste and texture of young leaves steamed or stir-fried is excellent and you can harvest from November to May. The spear and leaf varieties provide an extra bonus over the curly and flat-leaved varieties in that they produce broccoli-like sprouts in Spring.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropprefer
Previous autumnok
Before plantingdislike
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Kale, curly

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in well-prepared seed bed.


plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 45cm

Transplant when seedlings are 10-15cm tall on a cool day, water in and firm down well. As autumn approaches, earth up stems to help perevnt wind-rock.


harvest harvest

Cut young leaves regularly to encourage further growth.


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