Guide to Growing Kale or Borecole

Guide to Growing Kale or Borecole

Kale or Borecole – Brassica oleratea acephala

The name of borecole is said to have been given to one particular variety of kale which was once eaten by Dutch peasants or Boars and became known as Boar’s Kale.

The plants are hardy standing severe weather conditions, the quality often being improved after frosts. Since they mature in late Winter, they are valuable when there is little other green vegetables about. Soil containing organic matter leads to the heaviest yields and lime should not be lacking, avoid badly drained positions and frost pockets.

Guide-to-Growing-Kale-or-Borecole This is a crop which can follow early potatoes, peas or broad beans for which the land was well prepared. Where this is so it is not necessary to re-dig the ground, simply remove weeds and debris.

Sow seed in spring, a little earlier in colder districts. Most kales can be sown in beds in the usual way but Hungry Gap is best sown where it is to grow.

Planting distances vary according to habit of growth. For the majority, allow 45cm between plants with the rows 60cm apart. For Hungry Gap, allow 38cm each way. If the central or growing point is removed in winter it will encourage side shoots. Kale should not be used too early but kept until spring.

Varieties: Dwarf Green; Tall Green; Verdura: Extra Curled Scotch; Hungry Gaprobust and valuable for its lateness and Thousand Headed. The latter is the hardiest of the plain leaved kales.

03. December 2010 by admin
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