Halbhoher Gruner Krauser Kale
(Brassica oleracea) German variety produces tender frilled leaves with a delicately sweet flavor. Although we have been gardening for quite some time, it took me a while to get on the kale bandwagon. It seemed that all of the varieties I tried were either too tough or too bitter, and then I found this one. Yes, it has a nearly unpronounceable name, which makes it difficult to spread the word about this awesome variety, but I promise it is well-worth the trouble. As I write, it is January of 2016 and I've just harvested the last of my 2015 Halbhoher Gruner Krauser. At last harvest, the plants were roughly three feet tall and had weathered over two weeks of well below freezing weather, without protection. What a treat to be eating fresh, homegrown vegetables in January...in Iowa. 50-60 days to harvest. 100 seeds/pkt.
CULTURE: Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Plant seeds 1/4" deep in pre-moistened seed starting mix. Set transplants outdoors just before the last frost, spacing plants 24" in all directions. Baby leaves can be harvested approximately one month after transplanting and mature sized leaves can be harvested in approximately two months from transplant. When harvesting, it is best to clip off individual leaves so the growing tip is not damaged. Plants will tolerate a good deal of frost and their flavor will sweeten with cold weather.