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flumpy1
Has anyone ever grown Kale from seed?, mine are just germinating in the greenhouse, how often do you have to water them? : )
flowering rose

don't over water and water only when dry and yes I have grown them from seed and they are very good to keep going by picking the leaves regularly (when in the garden).

flumpy1
Thanks Rose can't wait to start eating things i've grown, its like a reward to me : )
flowering rose

its the best eating your own produce.

 

artjak

Which Kale are you growing? I have grown curly kale, but I really love the Italian one, Cavolo Nero, I believe there is a Russian one that has recently come on the market and is one of those 'super foods'. The great thing about kale is that you can be harvesting it all winter

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flumpy1

i'm growing curly Kale

artjak

You ask how often to water them, do you mean when they are actually in their final growing situation? I would just make sure they don't dry out if there has been no rain.

flumpy1
The seeds are just germinating this week in a tray in the green house : )
artjak

Have they got one of those clear plastic lids on? If so, they should not need more moisture than was added when you first sowed the seeds.

flumpy1
Yes it has, ho thats ok then, sorry to ask so many questions but when do i plant them outside of the green house? : )
fidgetbones

Mine are slightly in front of yours. I have them in a plug tray. They are just showing the first true leaves. I have put them outside to harden off. I will plant them out later on in the week.

I have cavolo nero, seaweed kale, and brukale, (and purple sprouting broccoli).

I am just finishing up the broccoli and brukale, but we have had green from this selection for the last 10 months. As I only sow a dozen or so or each seed, I am using 2  and 3 yr old seed. Kept dry, brassica seeds will last for several years. All in all a really economical crop.

artjak

fidget, what is brucale?

fidgetbones

Brukale is a cross between brussel sprouts and kale. I got it from DT Brown.

Marks and Spencer were selling it at about £3 for 8 "flowers" as a speciality a couple of years ago. I thought I would give it a try. Little flowers grow all the way up the stem,a little like blown brussel sprouts. I steam them above the potatoes while the tatties are boiling. They are delish with a bit of butter on.  The two kales did well from June until January, then I took the tops out of the brukale which seemed to make the side shoots come on, the brukale is nearly finished now and I am picking purple sprouting broccoli.  All this from about 2m x 1m of shaded  veg patch.

Believe it or not I was picking curly kale today from last year's plant. It's started going to seed so I used the top as I would for sprouting broccoli, quite delicious steamed. I'll keep the plant going till other greens come on line. Kale's such a good stop gap at this time of year as it's so tough. Ever tried young nettle leaves steamed, full of iron.

flumpy1
No but i will give it a try, just a bit scared of eating it because of the stinging leaves :-/

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NewBoy2

My seeds are just 2 inches tall

Do I

1.Pot up and if yes how tall do they need to be and into what size pots

or

2.How tall do they need to be to plant out on Lottie

Dovefromabove

They're very little for this time of year.  When did you sow them?

NewBoy2

14.10    Premier from MoreVeg

Kale is one of my preferred things to grow (although having looked at some photos I don't think my plants grow as big as they could do), as it is quite hardy and good for you. The leaves are meant to taste even better after the first frosts. Also I learnt from past mistakes not to put them out too early, they seemed to struggle a lot more. Happy growing!

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