SYG Varieties: Redbor, Winterbor
Planting Instructions: Leave 10-12 inches between each plant
- 4×12 beds (K-12) fit 24 plants in a full bed (3 across & 8 down)
- 3×9 beds (preschool) fit 10 plants in a full bed (2 across & 5 down)
Plant to Harvest Time Frame: 7 weeks
- Plant: mid-March to early April
- Harvest: Starting early May; Continually
Harvest: Once outermost leaves reach about 4” in width, harvest leaves by cutting or tearing the leaves off from the stalk of the plant. Leave the inner leaves to grow until they reach desired size, continually harvesting often.
Watch how to harvest kale on our YouTube channel:
Tips and Tricks: As part of the brassica family, kale is prone to the pesky cabbage looper.
To keep these pests at bay, check the underside of leaves regularly and discard of any loopers or eggs found on plants. You can also consider the biological insecticide, dipel dust available through your SYG coordinator.
Health Facts: Kale is a great source of phytonutrients such as lutein, which supports both eye and brain health. It is also an important source of folate, vitamin K, vitamin C, and sulfur.
Recipe: Kale Apple Salad
- 2 bunches (10-12 large leaves) Kale, destemmed, shredded or torn
- 2 apples, diced (can also use pears)
- ½ cup slivered almonds, pecans, cashews, or pistachios (unsalted)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
For the dressing
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- Salt to taste
- Massage shredded kale for 1-2 minutes if desired
- Combine kale, apple, almonds, and cheese and set aside
- Put all dressing ingredients into a blender and pulse 4-5 times OR put all dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake until well combined.
- Drizzle dressing over kale mixture and toss to combine
- Serve and enjoy!