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Growing Kale in your garden

Growing Kale: Tips on How to grow kale in your garden

Growing Kale How to grow Kale

Growing Kale – Dino Kale

Kale also known as borecole is a plant that belongs to the species Brassica Oleracea. Kale plant comes in green or purple leaves. Though it belongs to the same family of cabbage, Kale plant doesn’t form a head. Kale plant is very nutritious and is rich in iron and vitamins like A and C. Kale plant is a must have for any gardener when it comes to healthy eating.

Kale plants are very hardy and robust. They do well in different growing conditions.Kale plants also grow well in winter. Growing kale is possible in moderate soils, though they love well drained, organic matter rich soils.

Types of Kale – Kale Varieties

There are several types of kale to choose from while growing kale. These varieties are available

  1. Curly Kale  – Frilled leaves
  2. Dino Kale - Long leaves with mottled- savoy like appearance
  3. Red Russian Kale – Frilled leaves
  4. Purple Kale

Tips on How to grow Kale

Though kale is hardy, properly planting kale plants will give good harvests. Kale prefers soil that is well drained as stated above and does well in locations that receive full sun. Kale prefers temperature that is between 18-25 deg C or 65 to 75 deg F. Growing kale in temperatures outside of their optimum range will result in leaves that are bitter. One tip is to ensure the soil is covered with mulch to keep the soil/potting medium temperature lower. If you are Growing Kale in India, then the right time to start planting is during September and October. You can plant them every month to get continuous yield all winter long.

Growing Kale - How to grow Kale plants

Growing Kale – Curly Kale Plant

Planting Kale Plants

Kale plants are started from seeds. Read seed starting techniques before planting kale. For planting kale earlier in the season, you might want to start the seeds indoor to avoid frost damage in the temperate weathers. For tropics, planting kale seeds can be done at the start of the winter. Growing kale is very easy. Simply sow the kale seeds in potting mix or soil roughly about 1 cm or 0.5 inch deep. Keep the soil moist to speeden the germination process. Planting kale can be done once the weather is right. You can plant kale either in the outdoors or in a container that is big enough.


I planted kale by starting them from seeds. I had two varieties of Kale with me, Curly Kale and Dino Kale. Like other plants in the brassica family, kale has a shallow root system. So ensure the soil doesn’t dry out. Growing kale plants is so easy and fast. Kale plants mature in about two months. Since you are going to only harvest the leaves, kale plants leaves can be harvested as early from a month from planting.

Harvesting Kale

Kale leaves can be harvested from the bottom up. Take the older leaves and leave the younger ones in the plant for them to grow. Growing kale is so quick that you will be harvesting them sooner than you thought.

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Growing Zinnias – Tips on How to Plant Zinnias

How to grow Zinnia Flowers and Zinnia Care

Growing Zinnias - How to grow ZInnia flowers

Growing Zinnias – How to grow ZInnia flowers

Zinnia flowers (Zinnia Elegans) are very colorful and an addition to your garden that it will make it vibrant. With so many different colors and growing habits such as tall and dwarf, planting zinnias in your garden is worth it. In this article, you will learn how to plant zinnias in your garden.

Vegetables take a prominent place in my garden. Atleast they used to. Thanks to my 2 year old daughter, I have started to add flowers in my garden and Zinnia is the first one I chose because it is so easy to grow zinnias.

There are lots of zinnia varieties to choose from.
Zinnia F1 Hybrid Tall
Liliput Zinnia
Zinnia Yellow Flame

How to grow Zinnia Plants

Growing zinnia doesn’t cost you a bomb. In fact, it is so easy and cheap to grow zinnia, if you are starting the plants from seeds. Zinnia plants are started from seeds. You can plant zinnia seeds yourself or you can buy zinnia plants in a pack from your local plant nursery or a garden center.

Starting Zinnia Seeds

Seeds of zinnia flowers have to be directly sown. They can be sown in a container where it will grow or out in the ground. Once germinated, zinna seedlings don’t like their roots disturbed. Zinnia plants don’t transplant very well. So, if you wish to start growing zinnia plants indoors first, then plant them in plugs or small pots. So that while transplanting zinnias they dont get into transplanting shock.

While growing zinnia plants, remember to space them correctly. There are different varieties of zinnia plants. Liliput Zinnias are very small and they can be planted densely.Where as Zinnia  are little bigger and need lot more space between plants.

Tips on Zinnia Care


Pink Double ZInnia Flower

 Once the zinnia plants have started growing, pay attention to watering them. They dont like their foliage too wet. Zinnia leaves that are too wet are prone to Powdery Mildew. This is an important point to remember when it comes to zinnia care.

Zinnia plants dont need too much water and also avoid overheat watering. Keep the foliage and the flowers dry. With right amount of watering, you can keep the zinnia plants happy and flowering for a long time.

Deadheading Zinnia Plants

Deadheading is another important aspect in growing zinnia flowers. You might be wondering “What is dead heading?”. Deadheading is a gardening term used for the removal of dead flowers or spent flowers that are withering or fading away. Deadheading is done to maintain the plants appearance and also to ensure the flowering continues. It is a known fact that when a plant produces seed from its flowers( especially in Annuals), it stops growing and reduces flowering. Production of seeds somehow concludes its purpose in the world. Amazing isn’t it?

These are some of the tips on how to grow zinnia. Not just zinnias, you can apply these to many other flowers. Now you know how to grow zinnias, you can easily make a wonderful garden with zinnias. Go! grow some zinnia flowers in your garden.

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