Growing Borecole

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How to grow Borecole aka Kale

Borecole or Kale, commonly known as “greens,” is a member of the Brassica or Cabbage family (Refer also to Brassicas). Borecole, however, has handsome curled foliage and does not form a heart. The leaves are of good flavor and make a palatable and delicious dish. When growing Kale, this Borecole requires a rich, deeply-worked soil. Raise the plants in a seed box or outdoor seed bed and transplant when large enough to handle, in rows 24 inches apart, allowing from 18 to 21 inches between the plants. Sow the seed during the late Winter for an early crop in Spring.

When the plants are a fair size gather the leaves a few at a time, eventually taking the tops or heads. Those plants from which the lower leaves were taken during the early Winter will produce a nice crop of tender sprouts in the Spring. The general treatment for Borecole is the same as that recommended for Cabbage. The best varieties for the Home Garden are Dwarf Green Curled, Ragged Jack and Drumhead, all of which are extremely hardy and very tender and delicious when cooked. Improved Garnishing is a variety particularly suitable for garnishing purposes.

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