T&M's easy starter plants are delivered ready for planting at the correct time so that you can enjoy bigger, earlier and tastier vegetables. Gradually acclimatise kale to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days prior to planting outdoors. Grow kale in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. When transplanting kale, plant it slightly deeper in the ground than it was in the tray provided. Plant kale at a distance of 60cm (24") apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
Kale is exceptionally hardy and requires little aftercare. Water when necessary and hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. Kale can be harvested from September as young leaves using a cut and come again method, but will stand well in the ground for a long time throughout winter, and improves in flavour after it has been frosted. Pinch out the centre stem first to encourage side shoots to develop. Harvest kale when it is required as the leaves do not store well, unless they are frozen. Culinary note: Kale is a good of Vitamins A, C, K and folate and provides 50% of the daily requirement in a single 80g (2.82oz) portion. Kale can be frozen well.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.
Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.
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Doing well so far
By Sarah Knapper 18-08-2011
The plants arrived in poor condition after the Post Office failed to deliver them for 6 days. They recovered quickly in the greenhouse and when I planted them out, covered them with fleece to protect them from harsh sun and butterflies. They are doing well now and are going to be large plants. Can't wait for the first frosts and then we can start picking!
Excellent looking plant, shame about the taste
By Savvas Neophytou 11-10-2010
The plants arrive in great condition and have near 100% transplant success. They do need some slug control to start of with and covering from butterflies will ensure they don't get dessimated by caterpillars. This is a good veg for the winter months as it's frost resistant BUT you really need to cook with some pretty strong favours (garlic and chilly; drizzled liberally with olive oil and lemon juice) to masque the really bitter taste. A bit of an acquired taste but good in stir fries also...
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