Kale is tough, reliable, and not to mention delicious addition to any garden. As a cold hardy plant, Kale can be planted around three to five weeks before the first frost. Kale might slow down during the heat of the summer, but will continue to produce late into the fall, and sometimes even the winter. Kale requires six hours of sunlight, but will suffer in hot and dry climate if planted in continuous direct sunlight, so pick partial shade or full sun accordingly. Kale prefers rich, well draining soil, and a regular watering routine to keep soil moist, but never soggy. Kale is delicious added fresh to salads and smoothies or cooked in a variety of recipes.