There are a few different kale varieties available to the backyard vegetable gardener. These can vary in size, shape and color. Some varieties mature a bit earlier than other varieties. You can use this to your advantage when growing kale. If you are growing a spring crop, choose a fast growing variety to get the most leaves before the summer weather gets too hot. For a fall and winter crop, choose a slower growing variety that won't mature until after a hard freeze. Here is a partial list of some common varieties of kale. Please note, the days to harvest are counted after germination.
There are lots of other kale varieties that can be found in seed catalogs and online stores. We suggest planting a few different varieties of kale that vary in color and shape. This makes for an attractive garden and a nice mix of colors and textures on your plate. In addition, it gives you a chance to try different varieties so you can find your favorite.
Click on the following links for information about growing your own kale.
Click here to learn about planting kale
Click here for information about fertilizing and watering kale
Click here to learn about harvesting kale
Click here for some of our favorite kale recipes
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