Featured Plant: Kale

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Belonging to the Brassica family (along with broccoli, cabbage, collards, Brussel sprouts), kale is super easy to grow with lots of health benefits!Β 

This is my second year growing kale. First, I start from seed around April/May. And all summer long, I harvest kale about once every two-three weeks for salads, smoothies, pesto, etc. I like throwing a leaf or two in a fruit smoothie. Even if you’re not a fan of kale, I promise you won’t be able to taste it in the smoothie!

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As you harvest, kale will continue to grow until it’s winter (although some varieties are frost tolerant!). Just make sure not to cut the main stem. They’re ready to harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. I’ve harvested as early as early-mid June and through November. You definitely get your money’s worth!

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Since kale prefers cooler climates, during the sweltering heat of summer in July and August, it’s recommended that you cover your garden. I actually plant underneath the cucumber trellis, so the cucumber leaves provide some good shade. Although I grow mine in a raised garden bed, I would imagine that it would be easy to grow in a container, too.

You can find numerous health benefits of kale online, like its anti-oxidant leaves, the high vitamin K and vitamin B-6 contents, etc. All in all, kale is good for your health, and super easy to grow.

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How do you grow kale? How do you like to eat kale?

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