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KALE- QUICK TIPS

by Terry Allan, Seeds of Change

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RED RUSSIAN KALE

  • Kale grows lush and tender and fall when the weather is cool or moist.
  • Kale doesn't like hot weather.
  • Spring planted crops start to get tough and bitter when summer heat arrives.
  • When the plants are stressed they become more susceptible to insects like aphids control with insecticidal soap spray.
  • Start new kale plant in August (September in the south) to mature in the cooler weather of autumn.
  • Cold weather and frost makes kale taste makes amazingly sweet!
  • Wait until leaves have thawed to harvest after a frost.
  • Fall kale crop continues to produce new leaves for harvesting well into the winter.

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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 top most growing point.
  • Eventually your plants may look like miniature palm trees
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