KALE

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Kale ( Bras­sica ol­er­acea) is a nu­tri­tional pow­er­house packed with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and an­tiox­i­dants, in­clud­ing vi­ta­mins A, B6, C, K, and cal­cium, po­tas­sium, cop­per, man­ganese, thi­amin, ri­boflavin, fo­late, iron and mag­ne­sium, among oth­ers. Stud­ies sug­gest it helps pre­vent can­cer, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and rheuma­toid arthri­tis, as well as pre­ma­ture age­ing of the skin.

This hardy plant can cope with tem­per­a­tures down to –7°C, pro­vid­ing nu­tri­tional sup­port dur­ing an oth­er­wise bleak pe­riod in the vege patch. While con­sid­ered a cool-sea­son veg­etable, kale is adapt­able and will grow well in al­most any cli­mate. In some ar­eas it can be grown year round, but its qual­ity di­min­ishes in sum­mer when tem­per­a­tures start to rise above 25°C.

Kale grows in most soil types ex­cept heavy clay. It does not like acid­ity, so add lime, or even wood ashes, be­fore plant­ing if nec­es­sary to raise the soil‘s ph. Keep plants soil moist dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son and add a layer of mulch to re­tain soil mois­ture in the warmer months.

Watch out for white­flies and white but­ter­fly cater­pil­lar in spring and sum­mer.

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