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Kale 'Red Russian'

A kitchen garden container classic, more compact than most kales, which can be sown and grown all year.
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400 seeds

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Edible Crop
Position
Kitchen Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Height
90cm (36in)
Common name
Kale
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
45cm (18in)
Cultivation
Sow March-early August under cover (in individual cells or gutters to minimise root disturbance). Sow direct from mid-April. Keep well-watered. Plant out when seedlings are 7-8cm (3in) high, 45cm (18in) apart.

Description

A kitchen garden container classic, more compact than most kales, which can be sown and grown all year. It grows super-quick, at almost twice the pace of other kales and has softer textured leaves. We use this when the leaves are small for mixed leaf salads and then with stems removed, as a wilted green. The more you pick, the more it grows. It’s one of my desert island veg.

Care Tips

Grows best on soil which has been manured the previous autumn. Protect against cabbage white butterflies with fine netting. Firm the soil well around plant base to prevent wind rock and provide stakes to support tall plants in autumn.