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Ragged Jack Kale

Brassica napus

Certified Organic Seed

Flat, ragged leaves are perfect in sautes and soups.

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Don't let his unkempt outfit fool you: Jack is robust, tasteful, and adds an elegant frill wherever he goes. Just like a traveling Russian peasant, Ragged Jack has many colorful stories to tell: stories of wilted kale salads, deep green sautes, and potato-kale soups. Be kind to this weary world traveler, and let him take root in your garden.

Kale is biennial. That means that here in the Northeast we have to overwinter the plants and they will flower and go to seed next spring. Usually we cover our kales to give them a bit of winter protection. In fact, most kales get sweeter after a frost and can survive well into winter.

Number of Seeds 100
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Planting Depth ½ inchq
Days to Germination 3 to 10
Days to Maturity 50
Height at Maturity 18 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 18 inches
Sow Ragged Jack Kale indoors beginning 8 weeks before last frost. Sow in succession until 8 weeks before first fall frost to ensure an autumn crop, which is tastiest. Prefers fertile soil, but will generally succeed even in less-than-ideal conditions. Harvest outer leaves, which allows the plant to continue to produce new growth. Stays delicious well into winter.
Jenny Lee Fowler's paper cuttings brim with vignettes from forest and field. Her hand-rendered silhouettes underscore the relationships between people and our natural world.

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