How to grow... Kale & Borecole

Rocket Growing Guides


Kale is a super nutritious vegetable that falls into the Brassicas category. Brassicas need to be looked after in much the same way. It’s a big category, with cauliflower, calabrese, broccoli and  others too. They are great ones for growing in the garden and you’ll feel extra smug and healthy eating them when you’ve grown your own!

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  • Growing advice
  • Chef's Corner

The right site

Kale needs a sunny site with deep, firm, moisture retentive soil.

Can be grown in....

Kale is best grown in raised beds or a well dug veg patch.

How far apart?

About 30cm apart.

Looking after your plants....

Kale, like most brassicas, is fairly hassle free. Follow these tips and you’ll do just fine.


Feed them

Make sure plants don’t dry out – regular watering is important during dry spells. Use a liquid feed once they’ve started to grow a little, as they need a little extra nitrogen.


Protect them

Keep weeds down and cover with a netting to keep birds away

Storage Tips

Harvest kale as you want to eat it – it will store in the fridge for a few days, but is much better cooked fresh.

Ways to cook

We quite like cooking up a super kale and potato hash with a poached egg for brunch. A great start to the day!