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, 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. The swede midge is a pest that’s becoming a serious problem for growers on the East Coast, giving Bear Necessities a clear advantage over other kales. 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.
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.