Kale & Collard Greens

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Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi and kale are called ‘the Brassicas.’ The common ancestor is the wild cabbage and offers a supreme example of how plant breeding over time can result in wild variations. Brassica vegetables are highly regarded for their nutritional value and provide high amounts of vitamin C and soluble fibre and contain multiple nutrients with potent anticancer properties.

Kale and Collard Greens pack a dense nutrient punch to add to your diet. Collard varieties vary in leaf color and texture, as well as regional adaptation. Once harvested, you can continue to harvest throughout the season and you will have an abundant amount of vegetation from this plant.

Plant Type: Vegetable

Growing Difficulty: Easy

Maintenance Required:  Moderate

Natural Season/Zone: Zone 6 or higher. Grows well in most climates. Prefers cooler conditions, Very Hardy (will survive first frost)

Plant Type: Vegetable

Growing Difficulty: Easy

Maintenance Required:  Moderate

Natural Season/Zone: Zone 6 or higher. Grows well in most climates. Prefers cooler conditions, Very Hardy (will survive first frost)

Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Preferences: Loamy soil

pH: 6.0-7.0

Watering Needs: Water regularly; do not overwater

Fertilization Needs: A complete fertilizer while preparing to plant is best. Mulch the soil heavily after the first hard freeze; the plants may continue to produce leaves throughout the winter

Suitability for Hydroponic, Aeroponic, or Aquaponic Systems: Excellent for hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic systems

Common Diseases/Pests: Cabbageworms, flea beetles, aphids

 

Starting Greens off Right

Seedlings need to be started inside for a good start. Harden them off and plant them in the garden after the last frost and warmer temperatures are on their way. Plant the seeds ¼-½“deep. Thin accordingly. Harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. The longer you wait they may toughen and yellow.

 

What Greens Need to Thrive

Add lime to the bed 3 weeks before sowing. Bot kale and collards can be grown as a cut and come again crop for salad mixes once plants reach 5-8cm (2-3”) tall. They will re-grow. Do not fertilize after mid-summer. Cool temperatures are important during development for compact, quality sprouts.

 

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