Kale Growing Guide

Kale

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 

Soil

Good soil, firm, preferably with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Beetroot, Celery, Cucumber, Marigold, Nasturtium, Rhubarb, Dill, Mint, Thyme, Chamomile, Catnip, Tansy and Buckwheat.

Spacing

Single Plants: 40cm (1' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 35cm (1' 1") with 45cm (1' 5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

In frost areas sow early spring under cover. Plant out early summer. In frost free areas, sow directly or transplant in spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Surround stem with a 10cm mat with a slit cut into it for the stem to prevent cabbage root fly from destroying the roots. Use fine mesh or fleece over the summer to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants. Protect against birds which can damage the young seedlings and overwintering crops. May need supportive canes during the winter.

Harvesting

Harvest leaves gradually from the centre of each plant while they are still tender. New leaves will grow and harvesting can extend into the following spring.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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