The most popular of the sprouting varieties, very hardy and produces an abundance of dark purple spears, in March, which turn green on cooking.
WHEN TO SOW
April and May.
WHERE TO SOW
Sow the seeds thinly in a well prepared seed bed 2cm deep in rows 15cm apart.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
As the seedlings appear, thin to 7cm apart. When they are about 10-15cm tall, transplant to the growing site about 60cm apart, planting them 2cm deeper than in the seed bed. Water well.
March to May the following year.
Pick regularly when the spears are well formed but before they open. Take central spear first to encourage a lot of side shoots.
A good source of vitamins A , C & Iron