Kale is one of the most popular vegetables in America. It’s not just because it tastes good or looks pretty, but also because it’s easy to grow and provides lots of nutrition. If you’re interested in growing kale, then you’ve come to the right place!
You might wonder what are some tips on growing kale?
Here are few tips on how to grow kale successfully:
How To Grow Kale Indoors Or Outdoors?
Growing kale outdoors is definitely possible, but it requires more care than indoor gardening. However, if you have access to a sunny spot where you don’t mind spending time watering regularly, then growing kale outdoors may be your best option. Another advantage of growing kale outside is that it doesn’t require any special soil type and can thrive even in sandy soils. Also, since there isn’t much sunlight during the day, it will take longer for the plant to get established before blooming.
If you want to grow kale indoors, then you’ll need to make sure that it gets enough light. Most commercial greenhouses provide artificial lighting which helps the plants get their energy from the sun.
Artificial lights also give the plants a better chance at surviving harsh winters. The other benefit of using artificial lights is they tend to last longer than natural sunlight.
When you grow kale outdoors, you can grow a variety of colors. The most common is green, but you can also find purple, red and orange varieties.
Of course, the most popular type of kale is green and it’s also the healthiest one. Kale is high in fiber, rich in Vitamin A, C, K, and many other essential nutrients.
What Soil Type Does Kale Like?
Kale grows best in well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. You can improve your soil by adding compost or manure to it. If your soil is too dry, then consider adding mulch around the plant. This will help retain extra moisture and prevent the roots from drying out. Your soil also shouldn’t be too rich as this could increase the chances of fungal disease.
Sources & references used in this article:
Cultural tips for ornamental cabbage and kale by RJ McAvoy – CT Greenhouse Newsletter, 1994 – hortscans.ces.ncsu.edu
Air temperature affects biomass and carotenoid pigment accumulation in kale and spinach grown in a controlled environment by MG Lefsrud, DA Kopsell, DE Kopsell… – …, 2005 – journals.ashs.org
Selection of cultivars to reduce the concentration of cadmium and thallium in food and fodder plants by H Kurz, R Schulz, V Römheld – … of Plant Nutrition and Soil …, 1999 – Wiley Online Library