Wednesday, January 8th, 2014...2:43 pm

National Kale Day – October 2nd

Dear Readers,

TheGardenLady was amiss in not telling you in advance about the newest holiday. I just did not know that October 2 was proclaimed National Kale Day. Of course, in my defense, National Kale Day is not quite a holiday yet. But you can make it a reality if you vote for it here.

Though I wish a healthy food would be more to my taste, say like coffee ice cream. I can’t wait for a National Coffee Ice Cream Day touting the benefits of my current favorite ice cream. But alas, that might not happen in my life time.

However, since Kale is now considered one of the most nutritious foods around, perhaps you would want to add it to your garden.

Since Kale is a cool weather crop in the cabbage family, fall is a good time to plant kale either as seeds  or to plant the potted seedlings if your nursery sells the plants. TheGardenLady finds the plants at a farmers’ market in her area.

“Fall is the best time to plant in areas where winter doesn’t dip below the teens, or in a cold frame farther north.” Otherwise, you can plant kale in very early spring. To prevent disease, your soil pH should be 6.5 to 6.8. For complete details read this and to show you how to grow kale plus some companion crops check out the YouTube video above.

If kale is not yet in your diet, there are quite a few kale recipes on this site.


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