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Growing Kale, also Borecole

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S P P P              

(Best months for growing Kale in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 - 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-9 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, camomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

Your comments and tips

05 Aug 16, Heather (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Were can I but Scottish Kale seed in Gauteng
28 Jun 16, Nadira (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi . I'm a garden lover and wish to grow my own herb garden and veg but I don't no where to buy seeds .I'm in durban. Please help.
10 Jul 16, eddie (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
check out grovida huge selection look in checkers/pick n pay Builders express in Pinetown also has large selection
19 Jun 16, Mary-ann (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
why do my kale leaves turn yellow and then dry up.?They are planted in garden beds.
10 May 16, jenni (Australia - temperate climate)
what colour are the flowers. do you have a picture of the flowers?
26 Mar 16, Jeff (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I'm in the Detroit area. Can Kale seedlings be planted now?
19 Mar 16, Jen (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Checkers arconpark has two type of kale seeds
26 Feb 16, ian grills (Australia - arid climate)
what kale is best for river land SA home gardens how many varieties are there
08 Feb 16, Wilma (Australia - arid climate)
I put kale into a Bullet with carrots, nuts, bananas or anything i have handy. Love it! Just got given some kale seeds so will plant them next month.
02 Feb 16, Regina Bosiu (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I have read so much about the goodies of eating kale, I live in Free State Province {Fouriesburg} to be precise, I looked almost in shops like shoprite, spar, and where seeds are sold but I couldnot find the seeds, WHERE can Ifind them?
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Grow as much Tuscan kale as you can and make kale chips. I tear the kale into roughly 2 inch squares, put it into a bowl with olive oil and gently coat them. Then separate them, put them in your dehydrator (I only use an excalibur) and dry them till they are crispy. Lay them flat, salt them with pink himalayan and put them in a bowl on the table..I guarantee they will all be gone in 5 minutes..delicious!

- Mary

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