Kale- Blue Curled (Heirloom)
Blue Curled Scotch Kale is a super delicious and hardy biennial cool season crop (typically grown as an annual, but can be biennial when conditions permit!). The ruffled leaves are a gorgeous light blueish green color. Kale is widely known to be antioxidant rich, high in Vitamin A, vitamin K, and contain Vitamin C, B6, Manganese, calcium, copper, magnesium, AND have anti-inflammatory properties. The flavor is slightly sweet and nutty. Many enjoy making blue curled kale into kale chips by tossing in soy sauce, garlic, and nutritional yeast, and slow roasting in low heat. One of my favorite ways to plant kale, is to draw a line in the soil, at proper planting depth (1/2"), and sprinkle the seeds in about 1/8 to 1/4 inch apart, the entire row. As the plants grow, and begin to crowd each other, I begin to thin by harvesting out entire plants, about every other one. Baby kale plants, taste amazing. I will continue to take out every other plant or two, about every week, until I reach proper plant spacing. At that time, I begin to harvest the biggest leaves off the remaining plants, until the season is over.
|Days to germination||3-10 days|
|Days to maturity||45-55 days|
|Plant time/Harvest||Plant seeds outdoors any time if night temperatures are 75 or lower. Harvest late fall through early summer|
|Sun||full sun in or part shade|
|Soil temperature||35-75 degrees F.|
|Optimum soil P.H||6.0-7.5|