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Kale: The Edible Ornamental

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Kale: The Edible Ornamental
Our final Family Food Saturday of the summer brings a bounty of kale to the Children’s Garden Saturday, August 24. From 1 to 3 p.m. the first 200 children in the Edible Garden will receive their own veggie plant that they get to pot and bring home!

Kale (Brassica oleracea) is a great addition to any home garden. This annual is low maintenance and easy to grow in full sun and organically rich, moist, and well-drained loams (proportional mixture of sand, silt, and clay). Kale is a cool season vegetable similar to cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kohlrabi.

Typically kale is grown as an ornamental foliage plant because of its leaves. The leaves curl and frill and create intense fall colors of deep purple and red, which adds interest to gardens. Kale develops its best color foliage in the cool weather of spring or fall, and as the temperatures drop the leaf color darkens and intensifies.

Although this plant is usually found in border fronts, edging, window boxes, containers, or any other ornamental garden areas, it can also be planted as a vegetable. Kale leaves may be harvested and eaten or used as an attractive garnish.

Kale truly is a plant of merit and “tried-and-true” for the St. Louis area. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this multi-purpose annual and to grab one for your own garden!
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