Collard Greens
*We no longer grow this item, but feel free to peruse the information.
Collards are a southern favorite!  Georgia Collards have blue-green leaves with white veins or ribs. They have a mild cabbage-like flavor that gets sweeter after a light fall frost. Collards can take the heat but cooler weather really brings out the flavor. For this reason, fall collards tend to be more popular but can also be planted for spring harvest.
If you live in a space with little room to garden, don’t worry, Georgia Collards do well in containers. Keep an eye out for aphids congregating on the under side of the leaves. Unfortunately since they are related to cabbage, collards also can be attacked by cabbage worms. If it is necessary to use pesticides, make sure that they are safe for edible plants. Be sure to wash the leaves well after harvest to rinse off any hitch-hikers or dirt.

Sizes: Available in 1204 in the spring and J6 in the fall.

Recommended Spacing: 10″ to 12″ apart.

Height: 30″ to 36″ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.  Collards can take some shade but need 5-6 hours of sun for best flavor.

Outstanding Features: Collards are high in calcium, beta carotene and vitamin C!

Tips: Harvest as soon as the leaves are 6 to 10 inches long.  You can harvest the outer leaves and leave the inner leaves to mature or cut the whole plant back and let it flush out again.  Cut in the morning if possible.  Collards can keep in the fridge for several days. Keep soil moist and fertilized.

Recommended Uses: Use for salads (when leaves are cut young), wraps, steamed or wilted.

 

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