Avg seeds/pkt 60
Red Russian kale is nearly a year-round star in the edible landscape, with deep green, ruffled leaves and purple stalks reaching 3 feet high. Use tender young leaves for spring salads and garnish; then steam, sauté, or roast larger leaves for best flavor and nutrition.
Sow outdoors 4 weeks before your last frost date. Amend soil with compost and a balanced granular fertilizer such as 2-2-2 if needed. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and 4 inches apart with 24 inches of space between rows. Interplanting sage with kale may deter insect pests. Keep soil moist for germination. Seedlings emerge in 7 to 10 days. A second sowing after the hottest days of summer can produce young, tender kale into early winter.
When plants are 8 inches high, thin to 24 inches apart. Mulch heavily to keep soil cool and moist. Water only as necessary: kale does not like “wet feet.” Side-dress with a granular fertilizer only after the first harvest.
Harvest leaves after 30 days. Row covers can protect kale from insect pests and prevent this cool weather crop 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 frost.
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