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  • #16
    Originally posted by DannyK View Post

    But do you eat it?! Bought some to try and didn't like texture or flavour. Will stick to chard or is home grown better?
    Absolutely Danny!
    The leaf is thicker than chard .
    We chop it fairly fine and steam it to have as a veg (having first removed the central stem).
    We also chop it and quickly cook it in pasta water , remove it, then cook the pasta. It’s lovely all mixed in together with a tomatoey sauce.
    Never bought it from a shop so can’t compare, but I’d guess it’d be sweeter as homegrown as all the other brassicas tend to be.
    Last edited by Nicos; 08-03-2021, 08:38 AM.
    "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

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    • #17
      I grow 2 vareties of Cauli. All year round and 9 star perennial which you treat just like taunton deane Kale I used to replant it after about 5 years as it used to get to straggly. loads of small heads abit like white peurple sprouting if that makes sense. and All year round doesn't make the biggest heads but I don't need a 4 pound cauli !

      Just remember most if not all brassicas need a firm soil that helps to stop them blowing.
      ntg
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      • #18
        Originally posted by DannyK View Post

        But do you eat it?! Bought some to try and didn't like texture or flavour. Will stick to chard or is home grown better?
        I use a lot of Cavolo Nero its nice steamed or used in soups and gratins. also it makes good crisps.
        Location....East Midlands.

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        • #19
          Really chuffed with my cauliflowers (Clapton) and red cabbage (rookie) so far. Almost all Germinated quickly in gh and growing on well in decent sized modules. Also got cavolo Nero seeds that I have just started inside and some Jerome cauliflower and red Russian for later sowing. Just wondering when I should be planting out the cauliflower and red cabbage seedlings. Can keep longer in the gh although on sunny days it is starting to get quite warm in there. Temps have been pretty low overnight and was thinking might wait a bit longer until soil heats ups bit more? Presumably I’d want to harden them off a bit anyway. Can use the cold frame to help with that.

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          • #20
            A pic

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            • #21
              Another plus point for Red Russian is at this time of year the florets make very good eating, not too dissimilar to purple sprouting.
              Location ... Nottingham

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              • #22
                My cabbages were really super last year, kept well covered, I also had great success with cauliflower! I know you won’t believe this, but apart from one, all the cauliflower grew into cabbages!! Yes honestly

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                • #23
                  Purple sprouting broccoli is relatively easy and will give you something as a crop when there is not much else about.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Dorothyrouse View Post
                    My cabbages were really super last year, kept well covered, I also had great success with cauliflower! I know you won’t believe this, but apart from one, all the cauliflower grew into cabbages!! Yes honestly
                    That probably means the seeds were cabbage seeds. It does occasionally happen that seeds get wrongly labelled.
                    Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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