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Kale - Quick Tips
by Terry Allan, Seeds of Change
Red Russian Kale
Kale grows lush and tender in the spring and fall when the weather is cool and moist.

Kale does not like hot weather.

Spring planted crops start to get tough and bitter when the summer heat arrives.

When the plants are stressed they become more susceptible to insects like aphids. Control with insecticidal soap spray.

Start new kale plants in August (September in the south) to mature in the cooler weather of autumn.

Cold weather and frost makes kale taste amazingly sweet!

Wait until leaves have thawed to harvest after a frost.

Fall kale crops will continue to produce new leaves for harvesting well into the winter.
Dinosaur / Lacinato / Tuscan Kale
Harvest kale from the bottom up.

Break off a few of the larger leaves from each plant by holding the stem near the central stalk and gently snapping downward.

Be sure not to remove the newly emerging leaves at the top of the plant or damage the topmost growing point.

Eventually your plants may look like miniature palm trees!