gardening, Homesteading, Life Skills

Kailey is CraZy about Kale!

Kale is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. According to Dr. Furhmans’s ANDI scale, Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, that ranks foods according to micronutrients per calorie, kale is the winner!  It also happens to be one of the easiest vegetables to grow! I have grown it organically in my garden every year for the past 3 years.  Having done so, I have acquired a bit of knowledge on how to grow some knock-your-socks-off beautiful kale! Here are my 3 tips on how to up your kale growing game:

Dr Furhmans’s ANDI chart

1) Get the Micronutrients in the Soil 

All leafy greens are naturally high in minerals. Having rocks near by or rock dust in your soil insures that the plants have access to the wide array of trace minerals that they love. Fun Fact: The hummus in your garden soil will form carbonic acid with rainwater. This carbonic acid actually dissolve minerals from rocks! Rock dust is an organic soil additive that I like to add to my raised bed’s soil since the roots of these plants are not close to any rocks. Not only will this make your kale glow, but it will make it sweeter! And give it that extra wow factor.

2) Make the Soil come Alive

Something learned just about a year ago is that plants can not get the nutrients from the soil with out bacteria and fungi! The bacteria and fungi actually eat the nutrients from the soil and then the plants eat the bacteria and fungi’s poop! Cool stuff right??

A good way to ensure you have healthy bacteria is to make sure you are not disturbing the soil. That means no tilling and and when an area is ready to be cleared don’t pull up its roots unless you have too. Just cut it at the base and let the roots decompose in the ground. Also you can make compost teas rich in bacteria.

3) Planting Time is Key

I love kale so much for its ability to withstand frost, but that doesn’t mean it can be planted during the winter. Kale, like most other plants like to be planted in either the fall or spring when the weather is mild. This insures your plants will get a good establishment before is starts to get to hot or cold. Planting it when it is to hot or cold will stress it and will either not grow very fast or die. :’’’’’’(

So there you have it. My top three tips for growing the most nutritious kale to fuel your highest level of health and happiness! I hope you got something out of this, and if you did please don’t hesitate to share! 🙂

Author: Kailey Page