Have you ever tried kale before? A tasty vegetable with a lot of benefits. If you haven’t tried kale, do not worry because you probably not the only one who never tried this one. Still wondering how does the kale taste? Here we are going to provide you a lot of information about kale and how to grow kale. Unlike other plant, kale can be easily planted at home. Let’s check this out!
What is Kale and how does Kale looks like?
Kale is actually included in the family of cabbage. It looks like a leafy veggie and still relates to cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels or sprouts. Kale is kind of plant which has several ranges of colors. There are three common type of kale, deep green, red, Dinosaur kale. The green kale has green curly leafy. This one tends to have bitter taste as eaten raw. We suggest you to pick baby kale since it less bitterness taste.
The red kale or also well known as purple kale has red and maroon leaves. The taste of red kale is not as bitter as the green one. It tastes like cabbage as eaten raw. Even, this one will have sweeter taste if you cook it first. The last one is Dinosaur Kale or also popular as Lacinto or Tuscan kale. This one is a unique since it gets blue-green leafy. The texture is softer and it tastes less bitter.
How to Grow Kale at home?
If you are wondering how to grow kale is a difficult thing, it is actually wrong. You can easily plant kale at home whether it is indoor or outdoor. Growing kale indoor in the winter is the perfect choice in order to avoid it from the cold and snowy weather. However, on summer, you can grow it outdoor and put it in a pot. Let’s check out how to grow kale at home with these easy steps!
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Growing Kale Indoor in the winter
Planting kale indoor is surely a good option to beat the cold weather in winter. There are several things that need to be concerned as planting kale indoor.
Preparing the Needed Ingredients
First things that should be prepared are the needed items. Here are some lists that must be needed as you want to grow kale indoor.
- Pots or Scraps like bottles or paint container.
- Kale seeds
Planting the seeds
Just like the common steps in planting, you need to plant the seed with soil in a pot. However, make sure you use the same sized pots, so your plant can be grow in consistent height. Besides, you also need to use the high quality planting soil in order to make kale has enough nutrition and grows in a good condition.
Put the plant with a good lighting
The next thing that should be considered of how to grow kale is making sure the plant gets appropriate amount of light. Do not put the light source too close to the plant since it will lead to poor germination. Meanwhile, if you put the light too high, the plant will tend to become weak.
In order to get the appropriate light, you can grow kale in unused area of in your house, or in the basement. This will help you to get normal sunlight. Besides, do not forget to turn off the light regularly in the night. Kale also needs darkness as doing photosynthesis. Just like human, plants also need sleep time.
Shower the plant with the right amount of water
Since you are planting kale from seeds, it is surely needs water to grow. To get the best result, it is better for you to soak the soil first before you plant the seeds. Since watering the plant from the top can give uneven moisture. Make sure to water the plant regularly, and avoid to put many water on the plant.
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How to grow kale outdoor hydroponically?
If you have a garden at your home, you also can plant kale outdoor. However, make sure the weather is good enough. The steps to grow kale outdoors are actually similar with indoor. The things that make it different are only the watering and lighting process. You do not need to set the light source, and make sure to water the plant more than the indoor.
In addition, you can grow kale hydroponically outdoor. Hydroponic kale is better to do in the late December or in the early of July. You can start plant kale seeds in the cell packs or oasis cubes. It commonly takes 4 until 7 days for germinate process, and 8 until 9 days to make it grows as embryonic plant.
As you get the embryonic plants, now let’s move it to the cubes or cell packs. You can begin by soaking the cubes in water, and then insert the seeds inside the hole of the cube. Always make sure to water it regularly until it germinates. As the roots start to comes up and the seedlings about 2 to 3 inches tall, and it has 3 or 4 leaves, then remove it from the nest and put it into the setup.
When we need to harvest kale?
After knowing the steps how to grow kale, you probably wonder when the right time to harvest kale is.
How long does it need for kale to grow? Kale actually can be harvested as the large of the leave is around the size of your palm. When it comes to harvest, make sure to pick the oldest ones and throw all the yellowed leaves.
However, the small and soft leaves are actually ready to harvest. This can be consumed uncooked for salads. After harvesting kale, you can put in a plastic bag and store it in your refrigerator. This will last for around one week. However, just like any other veggies, fresh kale is always best to consume.
Benefits of Kale in Daily Life
Kale has many benefits since it is very well-known of its vitamins C and K, calcium, and beta carotene which are very good for our health. Besides, kale also can be served for salad together with other ingredients such as tomato, carrot, cabbage, and so forth. Even, if you love snacking, you can make kale chips by baking it with olive oil, garlic or chili powder, and salt.
How to grow kale is actually an easy thing, right? You can freely plant it indoor or outdoor. It also does not need long time to harvest. As harvesting kale, you can store it in the refrigerator or even freeze it. However, the best time to eat kale is as soon as it has been harvested. The fresh kale has more nutrients than the freezing or stored ones.
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