Tough Mother Kale

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Tough Mother Kale

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Our very own kale blend!  The "Tough" refers to just how cold hardy this kale is.  This kale was planted August 2013 and survived the brutal winter of 2014 on Long Island.  It is a diverse cross and subsequent mix including a kale bred by Tim Peters and another bred by Ken Ettlinger.   The greens are very soft and sweet with a little spice! 

Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY

*pending OSSI status

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Kale

A packet plants 20 ft row (200 seeds)

Kale seed can be planted directly into the garden around the last frost date (late April) or plant seeds indoors a few weeks earlier if you have a cool, sunny window and transplant to the garden in late April.  Kale which is a leaf cabbage like collards often produces better in cool weather.  A mid summer planting will avoid flea beetles if that is a problem for you, and produce a nice collard crop for the fall.

Kale easily transplants when young and the plants can be placed in the ground a foot apart.  It requires a garden soil enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.   During the hot summer kale benefits from irrigation.  The best collards are generally best planted in mid summer for fall.

Kale harvested after a frost is just better from the garden.

Kale is a biennial and needs to vernalize for a period or cold.   In the spring the plant produces flower stalks and produces pods.  When the pods swell with seed and begin to brown harvest them and allow them to dry.   On Long Island kale will winter-over well in the field.  Kale will cross with other Brassica oleraceae species in flower at the same time.