Nourishing us in all seasons, kale and collards easy to grow and exceptionally cold-tolerant. The diversity of both kale and collards is breathtaking from deep green to rich purple with massive, flat, curly or gorgeously feather-like leaves.
At Fruition Seeds, our favorite kale and collards are harvested in fall, their sweetness brought out by frost. Red Russian is our most cold-tolerant kale, Bear Necessities best for kale salads especially in summer and Dwarf Blue Vates is exceptionally abundant as well as compact, perfect for containers as well as small gardens. If flavor is your north star, Hen Peck collards is our favorite of all kale and collards combined, give them a try.
Sow kale and collards early spring through early fall either direct-sown or transplanted. Sow densely for baby greens for salad; sow 1 foot apart for full-size leaves.
Fruition also helps our kale and collards thrive by tucking floating row cover over hoops to protect our leaves from flea beetles as well as cabbage looper caterpillars, extending their harvest deep into cold weather, as well.