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When do you start Kale?

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When do you start Kale?

Post  Debora Cadene on 5/20/2012, 9:43 am

Zone 3a...can I start it with seeds, or do I have to do transplants? And when can either go in? i don't have any seeds yet, but will get some soon, unless its too late.

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Re: When do you start Kale?

Post  walshevak on 5/20/2012, 10:59 am

Kale transplants can be set out a 4-6 weeks BEFORE your first frost date. However, you could try direct sowing now. I've never direct sown kale, but I have done so for collards, a similar plant, and they did fine. It will take 55-75 days to harvest. The nice thing about kale is that it can take a frost in the fall and actually taste better.

Here is a link I found that might help. BTW, I grew winterbor kale (seeds available at Territorial Seeds) over the mild winter we had here last year. Temps briefly got down to 18* but no sustained days below freezing.

http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingkale.html

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