The fully grown plants of Kale 'Nero di Toscana' have attractive dark green, deeply savoyed, strap-like leaves. Excellent winter hardiness makes kale a useful winter to spring vegetable at a time when fresh garden produce is scarce. Kale 'Nero di Toscana' can also be used as a baby salad leaf ingredient adding texture and a peppery taste to mixed salads. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 60cm (24").
For salad leaves Kale can be sown indoors all year round. Harvest 30 days from sowing during summer and up to 60 days during winter months. For mature plants, sow Kale seed from March to May. Direct sow outdoors into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 1cm (½") and distance of 23cm (9") between rows. Kale plants can be transplanted to their final positions approximately 5 weeks from sowing.
Grow kale in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. When transplanting kale, plant it slightly deeper in the ground than it was in the seedbed. Plant kale at a distance of 60cm (24") apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
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