Crop management

Crop management 2

How will you water your crop?

Plenty of water is vital for healthy growth and cropping. When a vegetable is short of water it stops growing and often starts to produce seeds prematurely (bolting) - or just dies.

For healthy, strong growth and the highest yields, your kale will need a constant supply of water at the roots. The aim should be to keep the soil or compost evenly moist.

Seeds and seedlings are the most critical stages for many plants, so make sure seedbeds and seeds sown are kept moist while plants are establishing.

Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation can help you use water efficiently. Drip irrigation systems:

  • Uses less water as the water from the pipe goes directly to the plant roots. Water is not wasted on weeds.
  • Plants do not get wet.
  • Once the drip lines are laid, you just have to turn on the tap when you want to water.

To get a drip irrigation system of your own, call SunCulture on +254 700 327 002. You can also go to their website to get a quote: http://sunculture.com/request-a-quotation

Topdressing

Topdress with 1 teaspoon of CAN per plant, 3 weeks after transplanting.

Topdress again with 2 bottle tops of CAN per plant, 3 weeks after the last topdress.

Weeding

Weeds take water and nutrients from your crop. They also hide pests and diseases. Take out weeds when you see them.

Weeding potatoes

You can also use herbicides. Always follow instructions and wear protective gear when using herbicides.