I know that the internet has made it super trendy, but I actually really love kale. Like peas and spinach, kale was really one of the first vegetables that helped me in my journey to make healthier food choices. As someone who used to eat fast food for dinner every single night, making the transition to kale smoothies and kale chips has not been easy. Nonetheless, it has become one of my garden favorites.
In general, I find kale to be pretty inoffensive. This, in tandem with the fact that it is so easy to grow, there’s no doubt that it will always be something that I plant in the vegetable garden. The variety that I planted this year is called ‘Scarlet’. While the name sounds pretty generic, scarlet kale produces really lovely looking reddish purple leaves.
Depending upon the variety and your growing zone, kale sometimes behaves like a perennial. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that it definitely demonstrates tolerance to cold temperatures. This means that I can begin winter sowing kale in January and into February. I winter sowed my kale in the beginning of January this year, and it has already germinated. I’ll most likely begin to transplant the greens into the garden around mid March.
How do you plant kale in your garden? Do you have any special tips or tricks? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!