Kale, pak choi and asparagus pea pot

Kale, pak choi and asparagus pea pot

We show you to create this container with kale, pak choi and more, for long-lasting harvests.

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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

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Most brassicas and many other winter vegetable are too big to be grown in containers, but kale and chard are perfect for pots.

Grown alongside oriental leaves such as pak choi, which thrives in similarly shady conditions, it will provide leafy pickings all winter long. Asparagus peas, covered in delightful brick-red flowers, add colour and the pods can be harvested young and sliced finely into salads.

Most brassicas and many other winter vegetable are too big to be grown in containers, but kale and chard are perfect for pots.

Grown alongside oriental leaves such as pak choi, which thrives in similarly shady conditions, it will provide leafy pickings all winter long. Asparagus peas, covered in delightful brick-red flowers, add colour and the pods can be harvested young and sliced finely into salads.

Looking for more winter veg? Find out which winter vegetable crops to sow in August.

Follow the advice in this step by step guide to get a kale, pak choi and asparagus pea pot.

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You Will Need

  • Kale 'Cavolo Nero' (3)
  • Pak choi 'Purple' seeds
  • Asparagus pea (8)
  • Large container
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost

Total time:

Step 1

If you’re using a metal container, remember that they can heat up quickly so are best placed out of direct sun. Make drainage holes before filling with compost.

Filling the container with compost
Filling the container with compost

Step 2

Plant two or three kale plug plants direct into the compost about 15cm apart in the centre of the pot.

Planting the kale plants
Planting the kale plants

Step 3

Sow pak choi direct, keeping the compost damp. Finally edge with the asparagus peas, sown 10cm apart.

Sowing pak choi seed
Sowing pak choi seed
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Preparing kale

If preparing kale in water, save the cooking water, which is full of vitamins, minerals and flavour, and use it to make nutritious soups or gravy.

Most brassicas and many other winter vegetable are too big to be grown in containers, but kale and chard are perfect for pots.

Grown alongside oriental leaves such as pak choi, which thrives in similarly shady conditions, it will provide leafy pickings all winter long. Asparagus peas, covered in delightful brick-red flowers, add colour and the pods can be harvested young and sliced finely into salads.

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