Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:16
I'd go with kale, broccoli and cabbage, although the first one could be another variety of broccoli - some of them have more 'crinkly' leaves than others.
Yes. you can eat broccoli leaves - they'll do you no harm - but removing the leaves will weaken the plant and it needs all its strength to produce lots of lovely spears of sprouting broccoli in the spring. By the time the plants are ready to harvest next year you'll be able to tell what they are.
Your broccoli plants will look like this when they are ready to harvest
and curly kale plants will look like this
The kale should be ready to harvest some time after Christmas - then the sprouting broccoli will follow after that.
I build a frame of fine meshed netting over and around mine to keep the cabbage white butterflies and pigeons off - otherwise they'll eat them all.
Last edited: 25 June 2016 08:17:21