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Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

The Silverwhips of Staithes

Wild cabbage, Staithes

Here are the promised photos of the ‘silverwhips’ of Staithes, taken on my recent visit. Silverwhips is the Staithes name for wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea) according to tour guide company Real Staithes. The curators in the amazing local museum hadn’t heard of the name, but I found references to it in a book on Staithes dialect by Arthur […]

Wild Cabbage Update 4

Wild cabbage

Well that seems fairly conclusive – letting wild cabbage flower its heart out rather than chopping off the flowers as they appear led to a much better ‘leafing up’ after flowering. This was the plant early this year before flowering (in its second year). We’d been harvesting leaves all winter. Here it is flowering in […]