Westlandse Herfst is also known as curly kale late autumn. It's a high growing kale variety and it has a slight tolerance against frosts. It has light green, slightly curled leaves with a delicious flavour and light texture. It can be harvested from september on, but it has to be harvested wholly before the first frosts. Use this kale in mash potatoe stews, stir-fries and as cooked vegetable. Can be frozen.
Brassica oleracea convar. acephalavar. laciniata
Outdoor sowing: end of april - end of july
Germination temp.: 10 -16 °C
Germination: 5 - 14 days
Sowing depth: ½ -1 cm
Plant distance: 60 - 75 cm
Sowing in rows: 50 cm
Plant position: sunny - half shade
Days till harvest: 130 - 140
Sow from end of april, when there's no longer any danger of nightfrosts, on a very well manured and prepared seedbed. Sow in rows about 50 cm apart and cover the seeds with a layer of soil.
Transplant the seedlings about 5-6 weeks after germination to a sunny plot with some shade. Keep the plants about 60 - 75 cm apart. Keep moist and weedfree.
Protect the plants against birds, snails and other pests. Don't sow or plant any cabbage on a plot where any member of the cabbage family has been grown in a previous year. Harvest this kale from september. Cut the needed leaves with scissors or the plant from the bottom up or harvest the whole kale. This kale can be kept frozen to store. First slice the leaves finely, than blance them shortly and then they can be frozen.