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    Earlier this year I planted Tuscan Kale. It behaved as I expected until after I planted out. All the websites I have visited and books consulted say I should start harvesting during the winter, which was what U wanted. My plants however are going mad and have started harvesting already. Can anyone advise as to what have I done wrong?

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    Mine gets cut from September, it's a bit earlier this year because of the hot weather, it usually crops for months though.

    If you want it to start later, then sow it later - You can still sow now if you want to
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    Hello & welcome

    I have not grown this variety,but you quite possibly have done nothing wrong,it may be a good growing year for that plant in your area I believe Bren in Pots is growing the same/similar variety & am sure she said it was cropping.
    Doubtless someone with more kale knowledge than me will be along soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearded bloke View Post
    Doubtless someone with more kale knowledge than me will be along soon.
    Or even faster than that Cheers Thelma you posted while I was still typing
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    Tuscan kale is also known as Cavalo Nero. I've not planted mine yet (sown late to replace summer/autumn cabbages in the brassica cage!) but my neighbour's is also ready about 5 weeks after planting out.

    Been a good year for growing!
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    I plant mine out in early summer and let it grow on. Hardly crop at all until the autumn / winter as I don't really want it until then. It is a bit ahead of itself this year but it doesn't matter as it will keep going for ages.
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    Every year I sow my Black Kale in early March and pick a leaf or two from the plants as soon as they look a decent size, the plants keep on producing until around April the following year.
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    Wish I had that problem...none of mine germinated. There were no instructions on the packet but the RHS site, I think it was, said to sow half an inch deep. Seemed a bit deep to me but whadda I know. This was weeks ago. Nothing. I have just six seeds left. I'm gonna just cover lightly with soil next time and hope that does the trick.

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