How To Grow Collard Greens

These leafy greens are rich in carotenoids and can ease allergy symptoms. Here's how to grow your own.

October 14, 2016
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Collards aren't just for growing in the South, and they're actually one of the 10 vegetables you can still grow in the fall. They're nearly as cold resistant as kale and cabbage, but are better known as a Southern green because they can tolerate more heat. Try planting these delicious greens in your vegetable garden for some added health benefits.

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Sow seeds ¼-inch deep in spring, four weeks before the last expected frost. Space seedlings one foot apart in rows three feet apart. For a fall crop, broadcast seed 8 to 10 weeks before the first expected frost; thin to 12 inches apart.

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Growing Guidelines

Foliar feed with liquid seaweed extract two to three times during the growing season.

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Start picking outer leaves when plants are one foot tall. Frosts can actually improve flavor.