Due to its enormous popularity in recent years, kale is becoming hard to find. The cruciferous vegetable is revered by green-smoothie lovers and single-handedly reinvented the humble chip, but growers have warned of a worldwide seed shortage.
To protect yourself against a world with no kale, I suggest you grab a pot or a bit of ground plus some vibrant soil and get planting. In Australia, you can buy curly kale seeds here, this variety is best planted in late summer or early autumn and will come to maturity over winter, ready to fight off colds and flu.
Kale is a kind of cabbage and it can grow up to 60cm tall, spreading out around the same width. Grow it in either a big pot or in rich soil in a full sun to partial shade position. Be sure to keep it well hydrated and remember that pots dry out quickly. Remember the watering system I reviewed recently? It’s great for both pots and in veggie patches and there are various kits available.
You can raise kale seeds in seedling trays or egg cartons, but you will need to remember to water them very regularly. I prefer to put seeds straight into a larger pot or patch of soil, along with some seed-raising mix, then see which ones look like survivors and thin the seedlings out, replanting them here, there and everywhere to see which position works best. You should be harvesting leaves in around eight weeks.