Crops 12-16 weeks from sowing. Tasty, nutritious and easy to grow! Sow undercover in April for early crops, planting out in late May. For early crops sown outdoors, protect with fleece or cloches to warm the soil and protect the young plants. For tall types in rows, sow outside 5–7.5cm deep, spacing seeds 15cm apart in double rows 45cm apart. Allow a further 1.5m between double rows and keep well-watered. (Alternatively, if space is limited, sow in circles and grow up canes in a 'wigwam' format.) Insert long cane supports or netting soon after germination/planting. Plant height of 1.8–2.1m.
Ideal for beds and borders. HEALTH BENEFITS: Good levels of vitamin C, folate and iron together with fibre. CULINARY TIPS: Steam or boil for less than 3 minutes to preserve vitamins. Ideal for freezing.