Growing collard greens

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Healthier greens

Collards, like Kale, need only to be cut in bite size pieces and simmered in the smallest amount of water required with no oil, fat, or salt. After they are tender (about 20 minutes), dress them with a drizzle of the best balsamic vinegar you can get, and they are delicious. The taste will grow on you, the more you have it. An unseen benefit is the interaction of the greens with the vinegar to produce a cascade of nitric oxide (NO), which is super good for your artery endothelium, as opposed to meat fat and even olive oil. Thanks for your notes about collards. I'm fixin' to plant seeds this month for a nice crop in the fall, here in CHS.

Pam Coyle 22 days ago

Collards

Can I plant collards in mid-November? Will they come up from seeds?

Todd Warden more than 3 years ago

Too late for seeds

Mid-November is probably too late to plant collard seeds directly outdoors. Even though collards are a cool-season vegetable, the optimum soil temperature for germinating their seeds is 85 F. Soils are generally well below that in November, so germination and growth would be much slower. If you are in the coastal plain, you could plant transplants in November. Otherwise, you could start seeds indoors in early January in preparation to transplant to the garden in February. Check these links for some helpful resources:

Collards fact sheet: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/crops/hgic1307.html

Starting seeds indoors: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1259.html

Planning a garden: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1256.html

diane (www.scliving.coop) more than 3 years ago

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