DAYS TO HARVEST
~35 days to baby greens
Direct seed ~3-4″ apart 1/2″ deep. Thin to ~10″ apart (and eat thinnings!) OR
Start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost and transplant 10-12″ apart. Recommended to harden off 2-4 days before transplanting.
Last planting should be around end of June for fall crops (zone 5B)
Partial to full sun
Well draining soil with high organic matter – fairly pH tolerant
~4″ for baby greens
8-10″ for bunching greens
~10″ per plant for bunching kale
2-4″ for baby greens
Hardy. Can light tolerate frost.
Bunching greens: harvest outer most leaves for a continual harvest
Baby greens: cut ~1″ above soil for cut and come again greens for 3-5 harvests
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS
Makes a delicious, easy salad! Working in batches, cut kale crosswise into very thin slices. Whisk together finely chopped shallots (garlic, or garlic scapes), 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then add ~4 tbsp olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until combined well. Toss kale and 1 cup of roughly grated ricotta salata or Asiago in a large bowl with enough dressing to coat well, then season with salt and pepper. from epicurious