Kale, Bear Necessities (Organic)
Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 50 days full.
A finely serrated frilly kale with a tender texture making it suitable for salad mix at all stages of growth. A great cold tolerant variety that is mild, very sweet and adds a lot of volume to salad mix. Larger leaves are also good for bunching and cooking. We’ve received reports that Bear Necessities appears to confuse the swede midge, perhaps due to its super frilly leaves, giving Bear Necessities a clear advantage over other kales. The swede midge is a pest that’s becoming a serious problem for growers on the East Coast. Leaves vary in color from green to purple but all plants in this Tim Peters-bred population have the super frilly, skeletal leaf type. Derived from Russian and Siberian kales (B. napus) crossed with mizuna (B. rapa). Aka, Bare Necessities.
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.
Sow indoors with good potting soil February through September. Transplant about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. In our region, 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 through September.
To maintain genetic diversity and prevent inbreeding, collect seeds from 10 or more plants of B. napus varieties, or 30 or more plants of B. oleracea. Cut seed heads when pods are dry, place on tarp, thresh by hand or by dancing. Winnow and screen to clean. Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species by ½ mile.