The "Cottager's Kale" is perhaps typical of this useful class, and with its many companions, such as the Dwarf Green and Tall Green Curled, the Asparagus, and the Hearting, it gives us a very valuable group for spring use. We must remember, too, that the Kales are ornamental as well as useful. Once, in the years gone by, I recollect suddenly coming upon a bed of coloured Kales in a village garden in Holland, and having no expectation of seeing any such thing, and being smitten with a lively admiration, I stood and stared longer than good manners would have tolerated in this country. However, Mynheer is a different animal from John Bull. He likes all that he has in the way of worldly things (except his banking account) to be minutely and thoroughly surveyed.
Borecole is so simple a vegetable to grow that remarks on culture seem superfluous, even if brief. A sowing in March or April, a transplantation 30 inches apart in May or June between Potatoes or in the open - this about sums it up.
Pickings from Kale rows may often be got in autumn and winter, but Brussels Sprouts and Savoys ought to supply early Greens; the season when the Borecole proves its value most is late winter and early spring. The young, succulent shoots which begin to push with the strengthening heat are sweeter far than the old leaves.
Of the curly Kales I like Suttons' Al the best. It is a fine, handsome, upstanding plant. Arctic and Cottager's are both very hardy. Asparagus Kale gives tender little sprouty hearts in spring.