Red Russian Kale
You should always be able to find a little kale in the garden no matter the season.
Even when the temperatures get low and the northwest wind blows, and the sun does not make it over the fir forest, Red Russian kale stands proud, frost resistant, nutrient dense and ready for picking.
Beautiful green leaves with purple veins and stems on plants that grow as big as you let them in conditions most other plants aren’t excited about. Cold Hardy. Container friendly. Plant early direct or starts. 50 days.
Approximately 450 seeds per packet
Kale prefers a well-draining fertile soil with high organic matter (compost) and a pH range of 6.0–7.5. Plant from early spring to ~3 months before expected fall frost. For bunching, sow 3–4 seeds every 12–18", ½" deep, in rows at least 18" apart. Thin to 1 plant per group. For baby leaf, sow tighter (60 seeds/ft) in a 2–4" wide band. If starting indoors, seedlings should be ready to transplant in 4 weeks. Kale prefers cooler growing temperatures, 55–75°F (13–24°C) as a minimum, optimal of 60–70°F (16–21°C), but will still produce in warm summer conditions. Consistent moisture will produce the best quality leaves. For fall crops start seedlings in May transplanting out in June–July. To ensure maturity, seed early in areas where heavy freezes occur early in fall. Can be grown successfully where winters are mild (temperatures rarely below 32°F/0°C), transplanting out from September to February in such climates.