Organic Kale Seeds
VEGE-KALE-1-1Regular price $3.95
Kale is the ideal winter crop. It copes well in with frost (frost sweetens the flavour), has a long growing season, and delivers loads of vitamins at the time of year when you need them the most. Experiment with Russian Red and Green Curled Kale varieties - the contrast between the leaves look amazing in ornamental patio pots!
Urban Bounty sells two types of organic Kale seed:
- Green Curled Kale
- Russian Red Kale
Each packet contains approximately 100 seeds - plenty for successive sowings that will keep your family in greens over winter.
What is Kale (Russian Red and Green Curled)
Kale is an ancient ancestor of the Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts and Brassica family. It originates from the Mediterranean and Asian Minor. Its cool-loving, ruffled leaves and thick stems look fantastic in winter gardens and even apartment pots.
Russian Red and Green Curled Kale are Brassica Napus, which have gorgeous ruffled, curly leaves and will grow to about knee height.
The Russian Red is an heirloom variety that is becoming very hard to find. It has ragged blue-green leaves and red stems and veins that add a pop of colour to the garden when the weather turns cold.
Green Curled Kale is a good reliable home garden variety with tight curls. It is less susceptible to clubroot and cabbage butterflies than many other varieties.
Culinary Uses for Kale
Young Kale leaves have a mild flavour and can be used as a garnish, a salad green or to add a twist to Tabbouleh (shred into fine ribbons). Mature leaves have a stronger, earthier taste and crunchier texture. Remove the thick stalk before sautéing, stemming or making into Kale Chips. We love using the leaves on pizzas - caramelised red onions, roasted pumpkin, crispy Kale and Feta is a delicious combo.
Growing Conditions - Russian Red and Green Curled Kale
Although Kale can survive in warmer conditions, it prefers cooler weather and is best planted in autumn, late winter or early spring. Companion plant Kale with aromatic herbs like Thyme, Chamomile, Dill, Marjoram and Hyssop - they help keep the Cabbage Moths at bay. Beans, Lettuce, Peas and Onions are also good companion planting options.
This easy-care and hardy plant thrives in a sunny or partly shady spot with rich, free draining soil. It will tolerate frost and mild wind. The most important thing to remember, is not to let the plants dry out - water regularly if rainfall is low.
Avoid feeding Kale too much fertiliser during the growing season as it can interfere with colour and cause the stems to elongate. It is better to add a good layer of compost at planting time and place them in a spot where Peas and Beans were previously grown. (The Kale will be able to take advantage of nitrogen the legumes have left behind.)
Expect your first crop of Kale about 8 weeks after planting.
Growing Instructions - Kale