Kale, Pentland Brig (Organic)
Brassica oleracea. 25 days baby, 60 days full.
One of the most vigorous oleracea kales. Lightly curled, green leaves are tender and delicious on 2′ tall plants. Excellent kale raab in the spring. Some perennial regeneration. One of the most vigorous oleracea kales. Developed in England from a cross between a curly Scotch kale and Thousand Headed kale. Rarely offered in the US but a standby variety in Europe. We sourced our foundation seed from Chase Organics in England.
Seed produced by Pitchfork & Crow in Lebanon, Oregon.
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.