An old English variety which produces generous crops early in the season and over a long period. The strong, medium sized plant produces stems of fat, firm and delicious sprouts from September right through to December.
|When to sow
|Sow Feb to March indoors and March to April outdoors (if weather is cold offer cloche protection)
|Where to sow
|Sow thinly in seed beds (which have already been watered) or in modules 2cm (3/4 in) deep. As soon as seedlings show their first pair of leaves, pot on into trays 5cm (2") apart. Gradually harden off before planting in the growing site 60cm (24") apart in May. Thin outdoor seedlings as soon as possible to 10cm (4") apart. When danger of frost has passed move to final position with 60cm spacing. Plant them firmly and water well.
|What to do Next
|Draw soil around the stems firmly after planting out to increase stability. As the plants get taller they may require staking especially in exposed areas. If the plants are not growing well in mid summer apply a general organic fertilizer.
|September to December. Harvest is usually improved after the first frosts. Remove sprouts from the main stem with a sharp knife, breaking off will damage the main stem. Take the lowest sprouts first and work up the stem as required.
|May require a protective netting or fleece to prevent bird attack.
|Beets, carrots, marigolds, mints, nasturtiums, onions, rosemary, sage, thyme.
|Highest level of vitamin C in all vegetables , also contains pro-vitamin A & B.
|Can be served simply boiled (7 to 10 mins depending on size), or sliced in half and sautéed with bacon.
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