How to Grow Kale

"Great tips on how to Grow Kale right in your own garden.Kale is actually very easy to grow and its simple to incorporate more into your daily meals."

I am a huge fan of growing my own vegetables and if you have the space in your garden why not grow your own vegetables. You know exactly what has gone into the process of growing your own food. 

How to grow kale

Kale is really easy to grow and it only takes a few weeks until it is ready to enjoy.  Let's get right to it and start growing our own delicious homegrown kale...


How to Grow Kale

You will not believe how easy it is to grow your own kale, I definitely think kale is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Simply follow these tips...

How to plant Kale

Kale in abundance.. how magnificent! That's what we have in our garden at the moment, hand fulls of nutritious delicious Kale. Kale is actually remarkably easy to grow even for a beginner like me. Here are a few top tips for how to grow Kale...


Growing seasons

Kale has a long season and can be grown from the beginning of Spring right through until mid Autumn. Kale is known to actually taste a little sweeter after a light frost.. who knew!?


Ground preparation:

If you are planting kale into the ground you will first need to prepare the soil. Start by turning some organic compost into the top 4 inches of soil that you are planting in. Kale grows best in a semi-shaded area so make sure you pick somewhere suitable.

Of course if your planting in a pot then make sure you move it someplace semi shaded! There should be no need to start fertilizing the soil yet but when the time comes the best way is to use some seaweed if possible. 


Seeds:

Plant the seeds around 6 inches apart and then layer around 4 inches of compost over the top. You can place damp newspaper over the top of the soil to help the seeds germinate. The perfect ground temperature for growing Kale should ideally be around 60 F. You can use straw to help keep the ground warm if you live in a very cold climate. 

Growing Kale

Maintenance - How to Grow Kale:

Keep your kale plants well watered. Kale likes to be kept cool and moist, you can use grass clippings, seaweed or old coffee grinds as mulch. If the temperature drops too low then place more straw on the plants to keep them the right temperature. Seaweed acts as an excellent fertilizer but of course you can buy organic fertilizer from most garden centers if you don't live close to the sea!


Harvesting:

Depending on the variety, Kale can take between 70-90 days to grow to a harvestable size. When the plant gets to around 12-13 inches high then it's a good sign that the outer leaves can begin to be harvested.

You can pick leaves one by one as you need them as long as the plant does not begin to rot. If you find that you can't eat the Kale quick enough then you can always compost the rotting leaves.

It isn't good for the health and growth of the plant to leave any rotting leaves as it can attract bugs and pests whilst also draining the nutrients from the plant. If you want to harvest the entire plant then simply cut about 2 inches above the soil. The plant should then begin to flower after roughly 1 or 2 weeks. 

Check out our Best Kale Recipes for amazing recipes for your grown kale and Storing Kale for great tips on how to keep your kale delicious and fresh.

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