For a beginner gardener, kale is the perfect crop to plant. It can thrive to nearly any soil condition and is very easy to maintain.
First, let’s find out some of the benefits of planting kale in your garden be it directly to the ground, raised beds or in containers. To start with, this wonderful veggie is delicious, versatile and is one of the most nutritious crop around. This leafy green is packed with twice as much vitamin K than most cruciferous vegetable there is. It is also an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, including dietary fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids and on top of that, it only has 40 calories in a single cup serving. Not bad, right? Another benefit of planting kale is that it can be planted in all climate zones. It grows well in full sun, a four hours of sun are sufficient if you’re planting it in a shady area.
What is nice about kale is that it grows well in containers and makes a wonderful addition to your ornamental garden. When deciding to grow kale in a container, there are certain requirements you need to know. It’s important that the container you plan to use must at least be ten inches deep to give the plant ample space to root and grow. A 15 inch diameter container will provide room for the plant to grow bigger.
Amend your soil with a good amount of organic compost to keep your soil well drained and fertile. When sowing, the seeds must be a half inch deep and grow one plant per container, unless you have a very big container. Provide them with at least one inch of water per week.
Although kale is a low maintenance plant, you need to keep an eye on some potential problems like pest and diseases. Powdery mildew is a common problem of leafy vegetable like kale and if not treated immediately, it can kill your plant. Keep them off your plant by placing them away from damp, shaded areas. Water the soil directly and avoid wetting the leaves. If your plant gets infected, mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 9 parts of water and spray directly on the leaves once a week. Never use harsh chemicals.
Kale matures in about 50 days and it’s best to pick their leaves earlier. Young leaves are tender and can be eaten raw.
Ready to plant kale now? Have fun gardening.
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