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Kale: The Queen of Greens

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Welcome to the easy-growing world of kale! Kale’s a great crop to grow—especially for gardeners who live in regions with frost. Kale loves the cold—it even tastes better after a little frost! Not many garden crops are that laid back when the temperature…  READ MORE right arrow
Ah, kale. Superfood. Queen of Greens. High praise, indeed, for a garden crop that is among the easiest-growing of all vegetables. Kale is as high on the nutrition list as it is low on the maintenance list. Whether your goal is to grow a more…  READ MORE right arrow
Freshly harvested kale in a basket


Several varieties of kale in a wooden crate
Kale can be sorted into several broad categories, but thanks to hybridization, not all kales fit neatly into a given category. However, we’re going to break kale into four basic categories—skipping the ornamental group, since our focus here is on food.  READ MORE right arrow
Kale plants growing in the sunlight
Kale likes a full day of sun—six to eight hours. Some varieties might do OK in partial shade, especially if you get some really hot days during the summer (but you can always use a shade cloth). Remember, kale is a cool-weather-loving crop. That’s why you have spring and fall plantings: to avoid the heat of summer.  READ MORE right arrow

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