Avg seeds/pkt 60
With its nubby, spear-shaped, deep-green leaves on 2-1/2 foot plants, Dinosaur kale will add drama to your edible landscape. Steam, sauté, or roast larger leaves for optimal flavor and nutrition.
Sow outdoors, in full sun, after your average last frost date. Amend soil with compost and a natural, granular fertilizer such as 2-2-2 if needed, and plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and 6 inches apart in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Keep soil moist. Seedlings emerge in 7 to 10 days. Make a second sowing midsummer for a late-season crop.
When plants are 8 inches high, thin to 24 inches apart and mulch heavily to keep soil cool. Water only as necessary: kale does not tolerate “wet feet.” Side-dress with a granular fertilizer such as 2-2-2, or rich compost.
Harvest leaves after 30 days. Garden row covers can protect kale from insect pests, and prevent cool weather crops from becoming tough and bitter in the hot summer sun. Left to grow, kale is revived by cooler temperatures and will be noticeably sweeter after a light frost.
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