This page talks about nutritional value of kale as well as growing the Toscano which is an organic heirloom kale.
Toscano kale has dark green, blistered leaves. Sometimes refereed to as Lacinato or "dinosaur" type. Unique leaf type: extra-dark green, non-curled but heavily blistered (savoyed), almost looks like tobacco leaves.
Toscano is tolerant to hot and cold weather, but tastes really good when it has had a light frost on it. Great for juicing and sprouts.
A low-cost, versatile kale.
Kale can be started in pots for transplanting or direct sown. Anytime you can direct sow a seed, you will get better results.
For direct sowing, dig a furrow with a hoe and plant one seed every 3 to 4 inches. When the plants start to emerge, thin to one plant every 12 inches. Water and fertilize as necessary. Use organic fertilizers for best results. Pre-spray with safer insect soap to keep insects from forming.
Plant the seeds no more than 1/4 inch deep when direct sown or using seed starting pots/trays. When starting in trays keep in mind that you will need temps around 70 degrees and around 8 hours of daylight or 12 to 14 hours of artificial lighting. See right for more details on growing.
Kale is a vegetable of the plant species Brassica oleracea with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms of vegetables.
Ready to eat in 30 days for baby, 65 days for mature. Easy to grow.
Kale is low in Saturated Fat and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus. It is a very good source for Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Kale carries a large punch for a leafy green.
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When starting seeds, the most important thing to remember is not to plant them too deep. Less than 1/4 inch will do.
The seed is a living embryo that contains enough energy to germinate and break the surface. But if planted too deep, it will run out of energy and die before it breaks the surface.
Keep the soil moist, but not wet with a temperature of at least 70%. Over-watering will drown the seed. A good thing to follow is the dirt should be moist like brown sugar to your first knuckle. If it is dry like salt it is too dry. If it is wet like wet flour then it is too wet.
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