Growing Kale, also Borecole

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S P P P              

(Best months for growing Kale in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 - 100 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-9 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, camomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • A seedling Cavalo Nero
  • Cavolo Nero kale (CC BY 2.0 licenced Dwight Sipler (flickr))
  • Scotch kale

Green leafy plant. Kale is a good addition or substitute for cabbage varieties. Cavalo Nero can be grown in slightly smaller spacing.

Very winter hardy. Flavour is improved by frost. Ornamental varieties are colourful, and edible. Rotate with other crops to avoid clubroot infection.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Kale

Strong flavoured and nutritious vegetable.
Wash well and chop finely then steam.
A tomato or cheese sauce will mask the flavour if too strong.

Your comments and tips

11 Apr 20, Daniel Saitta (USA - Zone 7b climate)
best kale, potato ,tomato ( sandwich or salad ) ,squash -summer and winter ,corn for grain mill and sweet corn.I know there are many types but which is the most common heirloom ordered . Thank you
15 Dec 19, Sandy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am new at growing veggies. What are other veggies compatible to plant with?
17 Dec 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you know which vegetable you want to grow, find its information via the Vegetables and Herbs tab. Make sure the top scroll bar is set to your climate zone and read the information below. Most plants have Compatible or Avoid lists.
08 Apr 19, Martha Wilkins (USA - Zone 13a climate)
I live in Gilbert Arizona, on my East side my planter I just built gets sun till 1:00 then the house shades it. Is it ok for black Kale ... With a shade cloth...
31 Mar 19, Celeste (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I live in the Eastern Cape and find it extremely difficult to get my hands on ornamental kale seeds or seedlings. Please give me advice on hour to procure these. Thank you
29 Apr 20, Allimuthu Perumal 0329443959 (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Please explain what is ornamental Kale i just saw Kale seeds at r18.99 at Shoprite
07 Mar 18, Lexi (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I found a company called Cape Kale that produces a dried Kale product. They are organic and it is dried at the correct temperatures. You can find it in most health shops in Cape Town.
18 Jan 18, Orville Roache (Australia - tropical climate)
supermarkets in Jamaica are asking for this a lot. Does anyonee have aJamaican Experience ?
07 Jul 17, Mary (Australia - temperate climate)
Grow as much Tuscan kale as you can and make kale chips. I tear the kale into roughly 2 inch squares, put it into a bowl with olive oil and gently coat them. Then separate them, put them in your dehydrator (I only use an excalibur) and dry them till they are crispy. Lay them flat, salt them with pink himalayan and put them in a bowl on the table..I guarantee they will all be gone in 5 minutes..delicious!
21 Jun 17, Coral (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Just wondering how long a kale plant will live for?
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