Growing Kale, also Borecole

Brassica oleracea sp. : Brassicaceae / the mustard or cabbage family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
S S                    
    T T                

(Best months for growing Kale in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 - 100 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, camomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

Your comments and tips

04 Jan 17, JACK SKENDER (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grow my kale in sandy soil just north of Perth WA.. My problem is that the leaves develop yellow blotches after a period of 6 months. I thought it might be an element deficiency in the soil and applied trace elements without success. I have used various fertilizers to no avail. Can you suggest what element my soil could be deficient in for the Kale Many thahks Jack Skender
17 Mar 17, Bruce (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Jack, yes always a challenge in sandy soil. You won't look back if you use Paul Gautschi's Back to Eden method. It never fails! Google "Back to Eden Garden" The film is also available on YouTube and Vimeo. Good luck.
27 Oct 16, debbie (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where do i find kale in bloemfontein??
29 Apr 20, Allimuthu Perumal 0329443959 (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
You can at Shoprite
22 Mar 17, Paul D (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
You can buy seeds from livingseeds or from seeds for Africa.
05 Aug 16, Heather (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Were can I but Scottish Kale seed in Gauteng
28 Jun 16, Nadira (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi . I'm a garden lover and wish to grow my own herb garden and veg but I don't no where to buy seeds .I'm in durban. Please help.
10 Jul 16, eddie (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
check out grovida huge selection look in checkers/pick n pay Builders express in Pinetown also has large selection
19 Jun 16, Mary-ann (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
why do my kale leaves turn yellow and then dry up.?They are planted in garden beds.
10 May 16, jenni (Australia - temperate climate)
what colour are the flowers. do you have a picture of the flowers?
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I'm in the Detroit area. Can Kale seedlings be planted now?

- Jeff

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