Kale, a form of cabbage, doesn't form a head like it's cousins. This robust plant is great in cooler climates. It is relatively pest and disease free, and can grow in almost the worst of soil conditions. Kale is considered to be one of the most highly nutritious vegetables - with powerful antioxidant properties. It is anti-inflammatory, and is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin and reasonably rich in calcium. Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in all of Europe. Kale freezes well and actually tastes sweeter and more flavorful after being exposed to a frost. It is great in salads - ornamental AND edible! Can be grown as a spring or fall crop, 55 days to harvest. Short plant that is easy to grow. Regular watering will produce the tastiest kale, and a winter crop of kale in warmer climates can be much sweeter than a summer crop.
Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch of fine soil. 5 to 8 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. Space plants 1-2 feet apart.