Kale, or borecole, is hardy and lives over winter in latitudes
as far north as northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania and in
other areas where similar winter conditions prevail.
It is also resistant to heat and may be grown in summer. Its
real merit, however, is that it is a cool-weather, greens
vegetable. Kale is a member of the cabbage family. The best garden
varieties are low-growing, spreading plants, with thick, more or
less crinkled leaves (fig. 17).
No other plant is so well adapted to fall sowing throughout a
wide area of both North and South or in areas characterized by
winters of moderate severity. Kale may well follow some such
early-season vegetable as green beans, potatoes, or peas.
In the autumn the seed may be broadcast very thinly and then
lightly raked into the soil. At other times sow kale in rows 18 to
24 inches apart and later thin the plants to about a foot apart.
This type of planting will facilitate mulch control with garden
Kale may be harvested either by cutting the entire plant or by
taking the larger leaves while young. Old kale is tough and
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