How to germinate Kale Seed:

Kale is a highly nutritious vegetable that is in High demand in Kenya and across the world.

For that reason, growing Kale can be a great way to:

  • Supplement your income if you are employed,
  • A way of diversifying your income if you farm full time,
  • Wonderful hobby if you choose to grow Kale for fun in your home garden.

That said, “How do you germinate kale seeds?”

Well there are three ways to do it.

  1. The old way where you do it on a soil nursery
  2. Direct planting of kale seeds to your farm or garden.
  3. Or the modern way where you plant the seeds in seedling trays.

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Let’s Start by Discussing the Old Way of Germinating Kale Seeds.

  1. Select a suitable area to dig your nursery.
  2. The area should be near a permanent source of water, that is well protected from animals and pests, easily accessible, and free of troublesome weeds.
  3. Dig the selected area to loosen the soil
  4. Let the dug area stay for 5 days so that all weeds dry out.
  5. Using a rope or twine, measure out a rectangular nursery of with a width of 1Meter and a length of 7 Meters. If you have a lot of seedlings you can measure several of these nurseries.
  6. Raise soil into the measured space, thus creating a rectangular mound.
  7. Using a rake, level the raised mound. Ensure you break the large soil lumps to create a fine surface.
  8. Using a stick draw lines that are running across the nursery bed that are 7 centimeters apart.
  9. Sow the kale seeds in the furrows that you have created using the stick.
  10. Cover the sown seeds lightly with soil. Ensure that seeds are not more than 1 cm deep.
  11. Cover the sown nursery with suitable mulching material like dry grass.
  12. Irrigate the nursery every day or when it dries out.
  13. In 4-5 days your kale seeds should have germinated.
  14. Once germination takes place, remove the grass mulch.
  15. Let the seedlings grow until they reach a suitable transplanting height.

Geminating Kale Seeds in Seedling Trays

  1. Purchase seedling trays from agricultural store.
  2. Purchase coir fiber for use as potting material.
  3. Fill the trays holes with coir fiber.
  4. Dip the tray filled with coir fiber in water and rinse them several times to make the coir fiber to have a neutral PH.
  5. Sow the seeds in the tray compartments containing the coir fiber.
  6. Irrigate the trays daily until the seedlings emerge.
  7. Spray the seedlings with some NPK foliar Feed regularly until they reach transplanting height.

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Germinating the Kale Seeds Via Direct Planting on The Field or Garden

Instead of going through all the processes above, you can plant the kale seeds direct on your garden.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Prepare your garden by ensuring you till it and it is weed free.
  2. Rake it to brake huge soil lumps and to create a fine soil surface.
  3. Since kale seed are tiny, 1mm in width, mix your seed with fine soil or sand. The ratio should be 1part seed vs 20 parts soil. This will help in reducing overcrowding of germinated seedlings on one spot.
  4. Lay a nylon string/line that you will use to make out planting lines.
  5. Along the nylon line, sprinkle your soil seed mixture.
  6. Space the next line at 15 cm and continue sprinkling the seed along the line until you fully cover your whole garden.
  7. Once you are done, go back to the first row and using your foot, lightly cover the seeds with soil.
  8. Irrigate your garden daily using a sprinkler until the seeds germinate.
  9. There is a hand planting machine that you could use to plant the kale seeds that can save you the effort of mixing soil with seed and using the nylon line. It is shown below. Check it out.

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