Lacinato kale (Brassica napus) also known as Dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale, is a variety of kale that is known for its distinctive, dark blue-green leaves that are bumpy and curled. It has a sweet and nutty flavor, and its leaves are more tender than other varieties of kale. It's a hardy variety that can be planted in the spring or fall, and it's tolerant of cold temperatures, making it a good choice for fall and winter gardening.
To grow Lacinato kale, you will need:
Well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter
Full sun or partial shade
Kale seeds or seedlings
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost.
Transplant seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Space the plants about 1-2 feet apart.
Water the kale regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Fertilize the kale with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Keep the kale free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves to help prevent disease.
Harvest the kale leaves when they are young, tender, and have reached their mature size.
Start seeds indoors or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost date
Transplant seedlings to the garden or direct-sow seeds into the garden
Water the kale regularly, keep the soil consistently moist
Fertilize every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer
Keep plants free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves
Harvest the kale leaves when they are young, tender, and have reached their mature size
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