Kale - Russian (Brassica oleracea)

Kale - Russian (Brassica oleracea)


1/4 teaspoon open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.


I have grown this Kale from saved seeds for many years.  I prefer to eat the young leaves raw in salads but it can also be cooked.  It makes an excellent microgreen and can be grown like sprouts.  Just soak the seeds in water until they grow roots and tiny leaves (the process takes a couple of days). The entire sprout is edible.  Kale spouts can be added to salads and even used in smoothies. They have a mild, cabbage-like flavour, as well as a "juicy" crunch.  You can also eat the florets which are delicious.  Plus, immature seedpods can be eaten.


It also an excellent food source for my chickens especially during winter. Kale is a truly versatile vegetable.


Unlike many common garden vegetables, kale plants are actually biennials. Simply, biennial plants are those that produce leafy, green growth in the first growing season. After the growing season, plants will overwinter in the garden. In the following spring, these biennials will resume growth and begin the process of setting seed.

For growing kale in the kitchen garden, seeds are best sown in autumn and direct sown.  Being exposed to the cool of winter will result in a sweeter harvest.  However, seeds can also be sown in spring.  These seeds can be started indoors and transplanted when the weather warms up.  Kale requires full sun, rich soil that is well draining.  Keep the plants well watered.  


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