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Kale: An Easy Beginner’s Guide to Growing

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Kale: An Easy Beginner’s Guide to Growing

Any guide to growing kale will start out by telling you it is a cold weather crop, which tastes best after it has been touched by frost.

I’m here to tell you that while cold weather may be kale’s preference, you can grow it during any season and in most climates. The flavor, output and duration from seed to harvest will change depending on the temperature, weather patterns, variety and soil condition, but kale is a hearty crop that is willing to adapt to our expanding desire for it. With that said, it can tolerate temperatures as low as 20F degrees, but will start to turn bitter and become tough in temperatures over 80F degrees.

This easy guide to growing kale will discuss how to grow kale in ideal conditions as well as giving some tips on how to grow it outside its preferred climate. Feel free to alter my suggestions to fit your garden’s needs.

For some it may still seem like spring is long time away, if you plan to plant from seed you may need up to six weeks before your seedlings are ready to plant.

So… let’s get growing!

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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10:41AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thanks for the information. I am planning my garden as we speak & had wanted to include an organic kale seed. This definately helps.

7:23AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

This makes me want to tear up the lawn and put in a garden!!

7:53AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Can't wait yo try planting kale in my garden this year. I love kale!

4:29AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

TY. I give so much kale away every summer my friend calls me her kaley-godmother. Yeah we probably are dorks but we're ok with that

3:08AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Synchronicity... I just bought kale seeds :)

3:58PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

A OK

4:11PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

thanks for the info!

3:40PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Good article.

2:37PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

mio figlio coltiva verdure biologiche e, spesso, ne riserva una parte alle persone bisognose

9:45AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

How do I print for rereading?

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