After buying your pot, keep it in a bright cool place, but out of the sun. Plant as soon as possible, preferably within 3 or 4 days of purchase.
In cold weather plant out under a plastic cloche or greenhouse. If rain, frost or strong winds make it unsuitable to plant outdoors, it may be an advantage to pot them up in trays or individual pots, using a quality potting compost. Then plant outdoors when weather permits, using the instructions below.
- Start preparing the soil of your raised bed or plot by pulling up weeds and any dead old plants.
- Give it a dig over and break up any big clumps of soil and remove stones. (If your soil is heavy or sticky clay, go here)
- Mix in sheep manure or compost mix to give the soil a boost in nutrients.
Planting the Seedling
- Dig deep holes 50-60cm apart, giving the same space between rows.
- Remove the lid and squeeze the base of the pot to loosen the sand. Gently shuffle the plants into your hand and carefully pull apart from one another.
- Place individual plants immediately in the holes (they dry out very fast) and plant deep enough to accomodate the roots and stem (See diagram). Firm the soil around the roots.
- Keep plants well watered so that soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged.
- Kale is best grown in a sunny site with deep, firm soil.
- Once mature, cut individual leaves off at the base with a sharp knife.