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Post  earthmama on Fri May 02, 2008 9:42 am

hi everyone Im only new at growing food and have tried to grow kale. none of the seeds have germinated. I planted some in seed pots indoors and some outside in the garden. What did I do wrong.
can some one help me and If you know were I can get some kale seedlings would be great too.
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Post  The Estate on Fri May 02, 2008 10:56 am

sounds like they may have rotted, planting time is usually around November till the end of March and they take around 5 days to germinate, what are are you ?? It may be too cold now Rolling Eyes
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Post  siri on Fri May 02, 2008 12:30 pm

I agree with Thee, or possibly you had old seed? You can get seed of a number of Kale varieties from new Gippsland seed farm and Diggers also have it. Cheers, Jan
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Post  Raymondo on Sun May 11, 2008 3:49 pm

I'd try again. Finding seedlings for kale will be difficult. Try to get hold of more, hopefully fresher seed. The sources mentioned by siri are good.

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Post  Fran on Mon May 12, 2008 4:39 am

I don't know the first thing about kale but you might be interested in reading about the different varieties here - http://www.thelostseed.com.au/page23.htm

Only just discovered the link - think they're in Tassie - don't know if they are reliable seed suppliers or not.

Want to plant this myself but live in the subtropics so would have to plant winter like I do spinach. Believe it likes nitrogen so needs soil enriched with some manure or compost maybe a bit of fish emulsion or organic fertilizer pellets - good drainage, sun. Would need to keep moist until it's up and on its way Smile
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Post  earthmama on Thu May 15, 2008 3:50 am

thanks everyone
you have given me lots to ponder. thankyou especially Fran I have ordered seeds from the link you gave me and will let you all know when I get them. I have learnt about growing food through trial and error and have just added the kale thing to another learning experience and will just try again
keep on keeping on!
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