Adaptive Seeds

Kale, Western Front (Organic)

$3.80$130.00

Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 50 days full.

A selection made by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in Oregon for the most cold hardy kale available. He selected Western Front from the 10% of survivors of hard freezes that killed all others including Scotch, Russian and Siberian kales. It has some variation, a few white stemmed plants and some broadleaf types, but mostly with a classic red Russian theme. We have continued to prioritize vigor throughout our winters as our main selection criterion. Noted to have a higher rate of perennial regrowth. Perfect for the winter rotation as it grows actively through the winter unlike many other kales.

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.

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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)

Seed Saving

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.

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