Growing kale is not only easy, but will also reward you with months of delicious and attractive nutrient-rich greens!
Kale is one of my favorite greens to grow! Not only is it beautiful, with lots of interesting varieties to choose from, but it also is tough and hardy, packed with nutrients, and can keep on trucking through even some of the coldest winters.
In fact, we just harvested a whole delicious basket full from our garden last week, and believe it or not, these were the same plants that I started in our fall garden LAST fall! They made it through the whole Ohio winter including several nights of sub-zero temperatures, never bolted all spring and summer despite record heat later in the summer, and now have put on dozens of big and beautiful new leaves over the past few weeks as the weather has cooled! (I had a blanket over them during most of the winter, only uncovering a few times to give them some light and fresh air on warmer days, but otherwise I didn’t give them much special attention.)
Kale is also known as a nutritional powerhouse, and growing kale yourself is a great way to get some fresh and healthy veggies into your diet during the fall and winter months. There are many delicious ways to enjoy kale, but some of my favorites are in soups and stews, and raw, “massaged” with honey and lemon juice until it is wilted.
This short video shares some helpful tips for growing this versatile and hardy “superfood” in your own backyard: