BRASSICA PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Mustard, Kohlrabi)
Planting Method A-: Start indoors 4 weeks prior to setting out - several weeks prior to your last Spring frost. Place transplants about 1 foot apart.
Planting Method B-: Direct seed in garden as soon as the soil can be worked. Thin or transplant when plants are 4 to 5 inches tall. Space about 1 foot apart.
(Approximately 1000 seeds/pkt. unless otherwise noted) Kale tastes best after a good freeze (25 deg. F). It can be harvested down into the teens with good flavor. The past year we did a hardiness test. That Fall was one of rapid change and shortly after our first freeze it dropped into the teens and then we had several days of 8-10 degrees at night and not above freezing during the day. Tuscan was the only one that had serious damage and was basically not usable after that. UPDATED FOR 2020
Blue Curled Scotch - 60 days - Very finely curled blue-green leaves, dense plants. Best when picked after frost. Pkt. $1.50
Blue Curled Vates- 55 days- Dwarf and spreading, very curled, deep blue-grey. Pkt. $1.50
Dwarf Siberian Improved- 65 days- Smaller plants, large, thick blue-green leaves with frilled edges. Rapid growth to a young salad mix stage but takes awhile to get a decent sized full "head". Pkt. $1.25
Red Russian Kale- 65 days- A superb, lace leaf type. The plants usually get waist high by season’s end. The plants are a lovely purple red. Pkt. $2.00
Tuscan- 80 days- Dark green, crinkle leafed. (aka Dinosaur Kale or Lacinato) This kale has many names and uses. It is also called Black Kale. It is distinctly different from the other kales we offer. (Approximately 500 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $2.25
White Russian- 58 days- frilled leaves similar to Red Russian but with white ribs and paler green leaves. Milder flavor that is enhanced by light frosts. Pkt. $ 1.75
Flowering- for years I have enjoyed planting this as a border plant and watch the colors deepen with the cool fall. Pkt 100 seeds $2.00