Brassica oleracea (Acephala group)
55 days. Dwarf Blue Curled kale is extremely hardy and will overwinter in all but the coldest climates. Like most ?greens?, grows best in cool weather but will also withstand some heat. Seeds are very easy to start indoors or outdoors. The flavor of this ?cut & come again? crop is actually improved by frost! You will really enjoy kale, particularly in winter soups!
This packet plants ten 10-foot rows.
Days to Emerge:
A group of 4 seeds every 10"
When 1" tall, thin to 1
When to sow outside: 1 to 2 weeks before average last frost for a late spring/ summer crop, late-summer for a fall crop, fall for very early spring crop (or winter crop in USDA zone 7 or warmer). Seed can also be sown in successive sowings every 3 weeks starting in early spring.
When to start inside: 10 weeks before average last frost.
Harvesting: Outer leaves can be periodically harvested, or the whole plant can be cut off at ground level. Plants can also overwinter; mulch thickly when ground freezes for harvest the following spring.
Artist: Donna Clement