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Growing Kale

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This hardy, nutritious vegetable is easy to grow and likes the cool weather. This guide is about growing kale.
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This is a guide about growing brassicas. The plants in this genus are members of the mustard family and include, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

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April 18, 2007

I grew some kale seedlings in my kitchen on the countertop. They are very spindly. They do not appear to be sturdy enough to survive the night outdoors nor rain. I have been putting them in a sunny spot during the day, and back in the garage at night. How can I thicken the stems or toughen them up?

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Hardiness Zone: 8a

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Holly from Richardson, TX

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

You're right--if plants don't have enough light, they will really s-t-r-e-t-c-h to find it and in the process, get spindly. Putting them out in the sun each day will help.

If you are past freezing, go ahead and put them out if they are big enough. You can put Wall 'o Waters around them to protect them, or you can cut the bottom off gallon milk jugs and put those over the plants for a few weeks.

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May 30, 2008

I love kale and color so what better plant than Red Russian Kale!

When planning a garden don't restrict yourself to plants available locally. Consider the options of starting plants from seed. The varieties that are available in catalogs and online seem endless and so much more fun. I like to grow organically so starting from seed works for me most of the time. This Red Russian Kale is a great example, it is an heirloom, meaning I can save seeds to plant next year, it has a wonderful shape and the color is well not red but has beautiful lavender stems and greenish gray leaves.

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The white spots are a reflection of the flash off the dew drops when I took the picture this morning.

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