Brassica oleracea acephala commonly called as Kale, borecole. Kale is known as queen of greens because of its nutrition value.
Kale can be grow in well drained sandy loam with good organic matter. It can also grow in wide range of soils with good drainage condition. Ideal soil Ph for kale cultivation is 5.5-6.5 (slightly acidic).
Required climatic condition: This is cold season crop it can with stand 10 to 15 degree C. Kale thrives well in cold winter.
Crop duration : Most kale are either annual or biennials, it reaches leaf harvesting stage by 70-80 days after seed sowing.
Sowing method: Transplant 5- 6 weeks old seedlings. Sow the seeds in 1.25 cm depth.
For planting kale leave spacing of 45 cm between the row and 30 cm Between the plants. Seeds will germinate with in 5-8 days.
For cultivation of kale it Required direct sunlight about 2 hrs.
Watering and maintenance : Irrigate immediately after translating and provide subsequent irrigation based on soil moisture.
In vegetable garden Beet, Celery, herbs, Onion and potatoes are grown as a companion crops.