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Growing Kale.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender January 4, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments

Kale or borcole [ Brassica oleracea ] is a versatile member of the cabbage family. It comes in a wide range of leaf shapes and colours, it is a very attractive and hardy vegetable that looks just as good in the flower border as on the vegetable plot. Although kale is usually thought of as a cold weather or winter vegetable, which it is, it can be grown almost all year round. Though in summer it is best grown in partial shade out of direct warm sun. Soil Preparation. Like all brassicas, kale grows best in free draining fertile soil. Well rotted manure or garden compost is best added to the bed in the autumn. Brassicas dont like very acidic soil so add lime before planting or do a soil check. A pH of 6.5 - 7.5 is ideal. They also like a firm soil. Sowing Outside. Seed can be

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Kale Extravaganza!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender December 16, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , , , , Comment No Comments
Lots of kale!

It’s a short blog today as this weekend we’ve been busy getting ready for our trip to India! We fly to Kerala on Friday evening for Christmas and New Year so needless to day are pretty excited about where we’re going to be spending the holidays! Anyway, today we went down to the allotment to pick some veg for our Sunday roast that Steve is busy cooking at the moment. We picked the last of our parsnips and cut some leaves from our ‘cut and come again’ kale plants, which have done really well this year. We have four varieties of kale –‘Black’, ‘Red Russian’, 'Redbor F1’ and ‘Westland Winter’ which will hopefully keep us going until the spring. Tonight, we’ve got a bit of each with our dinner, in what can best be described as a kale extravaganza! Christma

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Winter Hardy Vegetables

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender July 16, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

Although it seems summer has yet to start, we need to prepare for crops that will give us something to eat in winter and early spring. Look out for hardy varieties of kales, broccoli, cabbages, leeks, mustard greens and spinach. Many of these vegetables are stand well in the cold winter months. Some crops like purple sprouting broccoli, sprouts and many of the winter cabbages, need to have been sown in May, as they take a long time to grow. If you look through the seed lists, you will find varieties that need less time to mature, and many that can still be sown now in July. There are also many garden centres and suppliers of young plants that carry a number of winter vegetable plants and often have collections available. I myself was able to find leeks, various winter cabbages, kales, s

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