Dwarf Siberian Improved Kale
You can't beat Kale if you are looking for tasty greens with high vitamin and mineral content. The leaves are sweet, tender and crunchy especially when harvested after exposure to cool frosty weather. Enjoy greens boiled, steamed, stir fried or as a fresh addition to salads and sandwiches.
Sun - 3/4 shade/full sun
Spread - 10-12 inches across
Height - 12-18 inches high
Days to Maturity - 45-50 days
Soil pH- 6.0-7.5
Seed Depth - 1/4" deep, 4-6" apart
Soil Temp. for Germination - 55-75 degrees F.
Days to Germination - 5-17
Thin - thin growing plants to 12-24" apart
Ideal Planting Time - in August for fall & winter. For spring, plant 30 days before last frost.
Harvest Tips - You can cut leaves as you need them as they are great on sandwiches, and in salads.
Other Planting Tips - In our area, you can harvest kale between December and April when planted as a winter green. Kale is a hardy plant,and does well in both hot and cold weather. Contains high vitamin and mineral content. Consistant moisture will produce the best quality leaves.
Available - 1/2 oz. & 1oz pkgs
Kale is fast becoming the "Queen of Greens", kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth. Kale is a true super food rich in anti-oxidants that protect our cells from free radicals and are reported to fight against the formation of cancerous cells.
Kale is a leafy vegetable that is usually grouped into the “Cooking Greens” category with collards, mustard and Swiss chard. The leaves can be curly and quite ornamental, but become too tough to eat fresh, as they mature. Kale is a member of the cabbage family and is susceptible to many of the same pests
In the kitchen, kale can be steamed, stir-fried, or substituted for spinach in omelets, casseroles, or even quesadillas.
You can set out plants quite early in spring as long as you protect the young plants from severe cold winds with a cover. They will grow steadily for months until the weather gets too warm.
Companion Plants to go with Kale:
Kale does well when planted in the same row as late cabbages or potatoes. Or planting in the fall in the same space as beans or peas.
You’ll get a second chance to plant kale in the fall, when cool weather brings out a wonderfully sweet, nutty flavor that is unique to these cold-natured plants. Fall is the best time to plant in areas where winter doesn’t dip below the teens, or in a cold frame farther north, because the leaves are sweeter when they mature in cooler weather.