Can anyone recommend a good reliable variety of the really finely curly kale please and tell me if this is a thing that can be left to grow perpetually like purple sprouting broccolli can be . Also…Continue
"Hi 1 Darren ! I have just come in from the garden , hands freezing cold , like I think my fingers are going to drop off ! brrrr...Just sown a tray of Rossingale Kale seeds up in my unheated greenhouse . A bitterly cold wind blowing from the East…"
"This is dwarf green curled, planted as a follow-on crop after lifting potatoes last July. I've grown it the last three winters and it has withstood temperatures down to -18. Pigeons don't seem to care for it so no netting either.
"I have tried Redbor Curly Kale which was a big succes, it withstood the harsh frosts we have here . Hardly any pests. It has an amazing purple colour, when cooking it looses much of that colour leaving behind purple water. "
"If you like kale, you should try Cavolo Nero too - much more exciting! I have in the past grown "Dwarf Green Curled" kale, but it was rather unremarkable! Also, its leaves went brown at the edges in the severe weather."
"I always prepare the bed as best I can, clearing away all weeds. Make the holes with old broken fork handle , fill with fresh compost and sow the seeds each one on its side . I never chit them . I know it is old fashioned to sow with radish…"
"Oh well ! We,ve drawn a blank there ! lol ! I have bought a packet of Kale seeds called Rossignol to try . Says sow in April....might sow a few now ,under cover or even on the kitchen windowsil for some baby leaves .yummy ! "