Leaf Cabbages Mixed - Collards

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Leaf Cabbages Mixed - Collards

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Mostly Vates and Georgia Green which are the commercial southern “collard greens” but also some leafy Portuguese Cabbages and a small percentage of some rare strains from our collection.  We have been trailing some rare kinds on the farm and plan to offer more of the best in the future.  Your support in this endeavor is always appreciated.
70-80 days      

(75 seeds)     10 ft row

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Collards

A packet plants 10 ft row (75 seeds)

Collard seed can be planted directly into the garden around the last frost date (late April) or plant seeds indoors a few weeks earlier if you have a cool, sunny window and transplant to the garden in late April.  Collards which is a leaf cabbage often produces better in cool weather.  A mid summer planting will avoid flea beetles if that is a problem for you, and produce a nice collard crop for the fall.

Collards easily transplant when young and the plants can be placed in the ground a foot apart.  Collards require a garden soil enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.   During the hot summer collards benefit from irrigation.  The best collards are generally best planted in mid summer for fall.

Collards harvested after a frost is just better from the garden.

Collards is a biennial and needs to vernalize for a cold period.   In the spring the plant producesflower stalks from the stalk and produces pods.  When the pods swell with seed and begin to brown harvest them and allow them to dry.   On Long Island collards don’t always winter-over well in the field but will in the root cellar.  Collards will cross with other Brassica oleraceae species in flower at the same time.