We offer two different options to light up your entry with kale -- a potted version and a hanging kale version. Each option looks great, but doing both on the porch looks simply spectacular for fall.
What You'll Need
•3 terra-cotta pots (8-inch, 12-inch, and 16-inch)
•1 large bag of potting soil
•9 to 11 (1-gallon) kale plants
•3 strands battery-operated lights
•6 C-size batteries
Fill the largest pot two-thirds full with potting soil and fertilizer. Place the medium-sized pot in the center of the larger pot, and fill medium pot as described above. Center smallest pot in medium-sized pot, and add soil and fertilizer. Water well.
Add several strings of lights throughout the kale. Conceal the battery pack in base of the plants.
What You'll Need:
•1 (8- to 10-inch) pot
•1 medium-sized round wire form
•1 (410-cubic-inch) bag of dried decorative moss
•1 roll of wired plant tie (or several trash bag ties)
•1 small bag of potting soil with fertilizer or add Osmocote (2 tablespoons)
•8 to 12 (4-inch) kale plants
•2 strings of battery-operated lights
•4 C-size batteries
•Large J-hooks or hanging basket hooks
Line the topiary form on all sides with sheet moss, securing it with pieces of covered wire.
Gently tease off any excess soil from a kale plant. Beginning at the bottom of the form, pull moss apart to make a small opening and insert plant.
As you plant, fill with soil and fertilizer until all sides are covered with kale, spacing plants about 3 inches apart. The plants will fill out in about 3 to 4 weeks.
Tip: We used an empty pot to balance the form. This allowed us to plant the lowest kale first without crushing it as we continued up the sides.
Add strings of battery-operated lights, hiding the battery box inside the form, and hang from a sturdy hook.
-- Kate Karam, Cottage Living