One of the best introductions in years. Very frost hardy and matures quickly, sown May to July ready in November but holds until April. Great flavour too.
WHEN TO SOW
Late April to June
Where to Sow
Sowings can be made in trays or modules under glass at 13°C. Later sowings can be made into a seed bed in shallow drills 2cm (3/4″) deep in short rows.
What to do Next
As soon as glasshouse seedlings show their first pair of leaves, prick off into trays 5cm (2″) apart or thin modules to one seedling per cell. Gradually harden off before planting out, spacing plants 45cm (18in) apart between plants and 60cm (24in) between the rows. Outdoor sowings should be thinned to 7-10cm (3-4in) apart , then once plants are 15cm (6in) tall , they can be lifted and transplanted to their final planting positions, spaced the same as detailed above.
November to March
To give as wide a spread of harvesting as possible sow successionally at 3 week intervals.
Excellent source of vitamin A, C & B. The darkest leaves contain the most nutrients.