Sow indoors in flats or pots with good potting soil February – September. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. In our area kale can grow through the winter without protection, and survives best when sown in June or early July for this purpose. Alternatively, direct sow March – September.
Kale, Russian Hunger Gap (Organic)
Red Russian type with broader leaves, lighter red coloring and more jagged leaf edge. Very hardy and extremely rare. The most vigorous of 6 napus kales we grew in 2010. Looked very healthy all winter. As the name suggests, bolting in the spring is many weeks later than other kales filling the hunger gap of May with excellent kale raab. This kale is praised by Carol Deppe in her book, The Resilient Gardener. We found this variety tucked away in the seed vault at the Heritage Seed Library in England. They generously shared a little seed with us— Thanks HSL!
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Collect seeds from 10-50 plants when seedpods have dried down. Cut seedheads, place on tarp, and dance to free them. Collect seeds from pile, winnow to clean.
Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species by ½ mile.