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Kale 'Walking Stick'

Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group), Borecole, Walking Stick Cabbage

Hardy Annual

This famous Channel Islands heirloom kale makes a tall, straight stem reaching 2m (6ft) tall, and topped with a rosette of edible leaves. When the stems of Kale ‘Walking Stick’ mature in the autumn, they can be cut, dried and later carved and varnished to make attractive walking sticks. Jersey Cabbage plants left grow for a second year may run to seed or increase in height to over 3m (9½ft). This fascinating kale makes a fabulous novelty crop. Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 60cm (24").


Companion planting: Try growing kale with Nasturtiums to draw cabbage white butterflies away from your crop, and mint to help deter flea beetles.


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Companion Planting

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Sowing Months:
March, April
Position:
full sun, sun or semi shade
    • 1 packet (45 kale seeds)

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    • Despatch: By end of July 2014
    • £2.69

Sow Kale seed from March to June. Direct sow outdoors into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 1cm (½") and distance of 23cm (9") between rows. Kale plants can be transplanted to their final positions approximately 5 weeks from sowing.

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 seedbed. 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.

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