Grow Kale in the Winter and Reap Health Benefits Year-Round

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By Matt Hall — Staff Writer

Kale is a popular choice for people looking to add a nutritious and great-tasting veggie to their plates. Whether by itself, in a salad, or blended in a smoothie, kale is a favorite for health-minded individuals. It’s also a favorite for home gardens because it’s so simple to grow using organic, NON-GMO seeds.

However, what if you live in a place where outdoor growing simply isn’t an option for several months out of the year? Keep reading to learn about how kale can be grown even during the winter months.

Reasons Why Kale Should be Part of Your Diet

If you’re not regularly enjoying kale, you’re missing out on some incredible benefits. Much like other leafy greens, kale tastes great and goes great with a wide variety of meals. But unlike some basically nutrition-less greens (we’re looking at you, iceberg lettuce), kale actually has plenty of health benefits. Here’s just a few benefits of kale:

  • It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and doesn’t have ANY fat. This makes kale a smart choice for anyone looking to watch their weight.

  • It’s high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron. It’s also high in vitamins A, C, and K. This helps protect the body against cancer, promote good health, and more.

  • It has plenty of antioxidants (such as carotenoids and flavonoids) to help protect against some cancers.

  • It can helps lower cholesterol levels and promote good cardio health.

  • It’s the perfect detox food, excellent to help the body detoxify itself and maintain liver health.

For this reason and many more, make kale a regular part of your diet.

Growing Kale in the Winter

If you live in a warm climate, you can probably grow kale year-round in your garden. But what if you’re like most of us and only have a limited growing season? Wintertime doesn’t have to mean a dearth of fresh kale. Here’s how to grow it indoors to enjoy it even when it’s snowy outside.

  1. First, you’ll need to gather the following: pots, potting soil, growing lights and purchase 100% NON-GMO Kale seeds.

  2. Fill your pots with potting soil and plant the organic kale seeds.

  3. Using the special growing lights (usually LEDs), set up an indoor garden area where you can easily water the kale and let them bask in the light.

  4. Continue to water your plants daily. Turn the grow lights on and off with the sun so they don’t get too much light (or too little).

  5. (Optional) If you want to be fancy and automate the process of turning your growing lamps on and off, you can add a timer to the lights so they turn on and off with the sun.

Is Indoor-Grown Food the Same as Outdoor-Grown Plants?

Because some of the nutritional value of your favorite greens comes from the way the plants have to battle the elements, crops that come from indoor gardens won’t be quite the same as outdoor plants. However, they’re still rich in nutritional value and as pesticide-free/organic as you want to make them.

Delicious Kale All Year

Follow the steps above to set up your own indoor garden. It’s easier than you might think, and if you get ambitious you can expand beyond kale and have a full crop all year-round.

 


10 Comments on Grow Kale in the Winter and Reap Health Benefits Year-Round

  1. Sharrise Smith Brucki

    Wow! Totally encouraging how to set up your own indoor garden. It’s easier than you might think, and if you get ambitious you can expand beyond kale and have a full crop all year-round.

  2. Greg Bohn

    Kale is the modern version of epicac. Guaranteed to produce at least one of the following reactions, once it touches your tongue- violent projectile vomiting of everything you have eaten for the last two weeks, a jaw-clenching involuntary gag reflex that will rupture at least one of the tendons in your neck, a frothing-at-the-mouth convulsion which will render you unconscious, followed by a grand mal seizure which will send you spiraling into an irreversible coma. I think I'll stick with romain lettuce.

  3. Michael Mills

    I grow Kale currently in my aquaponics setup. Awesome stuff and actually goes well in a salad. If the taste is too intense, try rubbing the leaves with Olive Oil as it helps to (somewhat) lighten the taste. I'll be honest though, it tastes great in homemade tacos. We are currently looking at expanding our own kale production at home to be able to have enough to make it part of every meal. The vitamins contained in Kale make it one of the best investments I made in our aquaponics plan this year. It is also relatively easy to grow and trust me, I've made it a challenge (first year doing aquaponics), but they've come back every time and thrived through hot, cold, ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain, me not running my pumps, getting over-watered, you name it I've tried (unintentionally) to kill them and they pop back to live a day or two after I correct whatever issue was affecting them.

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