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( Winterbor Kale )
|'Winterbor' Kale is generally ready for harvest after 60 days. One of the hardiest of kales, Winterbor has thick leaves colored blue-green. Plants can reach 2 feet high with great ruffled leaves. Collards have large, smooth leaves, where kale has smaller, ruffled leaves. Both are cool weather crops, planted in early spring or late summer. In milder areas such as the South, they are planted in the fall. Both are biennials, grown as annuals and like a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Most commonly grown from transplants, it is possible to grow from seed where cool season is long. Work 1 pound of complete fertilizer in to the soil at a rate of 1 pound/100 sqaure feet. Set transplants out so that they are 12 inches apart. If transplants are leggy, plant them up to there first leaves. Rows should be 2 feet apart. Plant seed 1/2 inch deep and 3 inches apart. Thin to 12 inches as soon as you can. Harvest by taking the outside leaves first, leaving the inside ones to grow, or as many farmers do, cut off the entire top at once.
Important Info : For transplants, time from planting to harvest is about 55 days and 75 days for plants started from seed. Both Collards and Kale taste best when "kissed" by a frost just prior to harvesting.
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