Without doubt, when it comes to leafy greens, there’s no replacement for kale-it’s a synonym for health and healthy diet and it’s gotten a lot of attention in the last couple of years.
But, we can’t always find fresh one in supermarkets or where we live. So, why not grow our own? In fact, it’s very easy to have your own supply of kale.
Whether to add it in smoothies or stir-fries, kale is awesome food and has a long list of health benefits to offer for you and your loved ones.
Let’s check out how to grow it in your home.
How to Grow Kale in a Pot at Home
Make half an inch deep hole in the soil and place the seeds, 3 to 4 inches apart from each other. Celery, potatoes, and onions make awesome companions for kale growth.
The most popular kale types are the lacinato kale with blue and green leaves, the ornamental one with pink and purple hues, the red Russian with blue green or red leaves, and the Siberian kale with gray-green leaves that are ruffled.
If you decide to go with one kale per a container, the 8-12 inches ones will be sufficient-but, remember, they have to have drainage holes.
If you decide to grow several in one container, go with a 22-24 inches pot.
What Type of Soil to Use?
Kale will appreciate a lightweight soil and a potting mix with perlite, manure or compost addition.
Place it where it will get bright sun, but a shadier area will also do well. To ensure the plant grows flavor-rich leaves and leaves that are soft, water it regularly. Mulching also helps keep it looking good.
After you sowed the seeds, expect harvest after 65 to 80 days-wait until kale grows around 10 to 12 inches in height. And, then cut as many individual leaves as you need or the whole plant, depending on your needs.
Make sure you always cut 2 to 3 inches above the root to ensure it grows again.
Although it tastes the best when you eat it fresh, it can also be stored in the fridge for 7 to 10 days in plastic bags.