Kale Choumellier


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1. Seedling Preparation

  • Start with healthy kale seedlings.
  • Seedlings should be 4-6 weeks old, with strong stems and several true leaves.

2. Optimal Transplanting Time

  • Kale can be transplanted in early spring for a summer harvest or in late summer for a fall and winter harvest.
  • It’s a cold-tolerant crop, making it suitable for cooler climates and seasons.

3. Soil Preparation

  • Kale prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5.
  • Enrich the soil with compost or well-rotted manure before planting.

4. Transplanting

  • Space the kale plants about 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in rows that are 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart.
  • Plant the seedlings at the same depth they were in their containers.
  • Water the plants well after transplanting.

5. Watering and Care

  • Keep the soil consistently moist. Kale requires regular watering, especially during dry spells.
  • Mulch around the plants to retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.

6. Fertilization

  • Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer a few weeks after transplanting.
  • Kale benefits from additional nitrogen, so a nitrogen-rich fertilizer can be applied mid-season.

7. Pest and Disease Management

  • Monitor for pests like aphids and cabbage loopers.
  • Use organic or chemical controls as necessary and practice crop rotation to prevent disease.

8. Harvesting

  • Harvest kale leaves when they are about the size of your hand, picking the outer leaves first.
  • Kale can be harvested continuously as it grows back after picking.

9. Post-Harvest Care

  • After the main harvest season, clean up any leftover plant material to prevent disease and pest buildup.


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