Kale (also Borecole)

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Full sun/Part shade. Prefers cooler temps. Well drained soil.

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Sow depth

5mm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

15cm

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Row space

30cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

30-60cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

1.5cm

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Best practice

Directly sown

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Germination (days)

7-20

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Maturity (days)

60-75

How to Grow

How to grow video guide
From seed

Fill start pots or trays with seed raising mix.

Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well.

Keep the soil moist so the seeds don't dry out.

Once seedlings emerge, feed them weekly with plant food.

You can also sow seeds directly into the garden once the soil has been enriched with fertilizer.

Wait for seedlings to grow to 4-6cm before transplanting.

From seedling

Choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare planting area by digging in fertilizer.

Place plants 30cm apart.

Mulch with organic mulch.

Follow the row space and seedling sow depth instructions.

Water in your seedlings well.

In a pot

If growing in a container, choose a largish pot with plenty of space for the roots to grow and fill with multi-purpose compost.

Sprinkle the seeds on the surface and cover with a fine layer of compost.

Plants in pots dry out quicker than in the ground so make sure you keep them watered.

Ready to harvest

Harvest continuously to promote new growth.

Collect seed

After the flower stage, the kale plant will develop long, skinny green pods on the plant.

You only need one or two kale plants per variety for seed saving.

Each plant produces LOTS of seeds! Leave the green pods on the plant, but keep an eye on them.

You cut the branches with seed pods off when the seed pods turn brown and they are dry.

Use your gardening intuition about the perfect time to harvest the seed pods.

Only harvest the seed pods when they are dry or you risk moldy seeds.

Collect seed in paper bag/receptacle and store preferably in a dark, room temperature place.

Close your receptacle and shake to shift the seeds from their pods.

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 2 - Temperate

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

Companion Planting

Tips for Care

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Don't plant kale near tomatoes, strawberries or beans
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Harvest leaves in the early morning or evening to prevent leaves from going droopy, and blanch in cool water to keep shape.
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Leaves will be darker, tender, sweeter when temperatures are cooler
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Rotate crops and plant kale in a different spot the following year - this helps reduce the potential of pests and disease in the soil.
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Keep soil moist to encourage continuous growth

Pests & Problems


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