Collard Greens

These leafy greens are rich in carotenoids and can ease allegy symptoms.

October 4, 2011

Collards aren't just for growing in the South. They are nearly as cold resistant as kale and cabbage, but are better known as a Southern green because they can tolerate more heat.

Planting: Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep in spring, 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Space seedlings 1 foot apart in rows 3 feet apart. For a fall crop, broadcast seed 8 to 10 weeks before the first expected frost; thin to 12 inches apart.

Growing guidelines: Foliar feed with liquid seaweed extract 2 to 3 times during the growing season.

Problems: See the cabbage entry for disease and insect control measures.

Harvesting: Start picking outer leaves when plants are 1 foot tall. Frosts improve flavor.


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