This gem of a vegetable is actually an unusual heirloom variety, reintroduced for today’s gardeners. The plants are a striking purple red colour with matching tight sprout buds up the stems. It doesn’t disappoint on flavour and is a wonderful addition to gourmet recipes and the vegetable garden.
Sowing indoors: Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface and lightly cover them with a little more compost. Place in warmth 10-15 Deg- C (50-60 Deg F) and keep moist. When large enough to handle transplant seedlings 5cm apart into post of potting compost. Gradually accustom them to outside conditions for 2-3 weeks before planting them into their cropping positions 60cm (24in) apart during them summer.
Sowing outdoors: Sow seeds in al shallow pre watered row. Lightly cover seeds with al little soil. Keep soil moist until seedlings are established.
Transplating: When the seedlings have produced about four true leaves, transplant them to their cropping positions, allowing about 60cm (24in) each way between plants. Firm them in, and keep them well watered in dry spells.
Harvest: Dec- March
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