How to Grow Collard Greens In Your Garden
Southerners have a heritage of growing collard greens. In many parts of the South, the traditional New Year’s meal includes greens, which are a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, and beta carotene. By learning how to cultivate collard greens, you may have a plentiful supply of this lush, dark-green vegetable throughout the rest of the year.
In the south, collard greens, a cool-season food, are frequently sown in late summer or early autumn for winter harvest. For harvest in the fall or winter, collards may be sown a little earlier in more northern regions. Collard greens are a great late-season crop since they can withstand frost in USDA growth zones 6 and lower.
Collard greens taste better when it is frosty. However, sufficient moisture is required for collard greens to grow healthily in the heat of summer. Collard greens planting can also be done in the early spring for a summer harvest. Collard greens, a member of the cabbage family, may bolt when it gets too hot.
A location with fertile, moist soil is ideal for growing collard greens. Collard greens should be planted in a location that receives direct sunlight. As growing collard greens get huge and require space to grow, plant seeds in rows that are at least 3 feet (1 m) apart. For enough space in the rows, space seedlings 18 inches (45.5 cm) apart. For a wonderful addition to salads or coleslaw, mix the thinned seedlings in.
Collect summer-growing collard greens before they start to bolt. While it typically takes collard greens 60 to 75 days to reach harvest maturity, the leaves can be plucked whenever they reach an edible size from the base of the tall, inedible stalks. The most fruitful harvest of collard greens results from knowing when to plant them.
Collard greens share many of the same pests as other cabbage family plants. New succulent growth may attract aphids, while cabbage loopers may eat holes in the leaves. Keep a watch on the underside of the collard greens leaves if aphids are seen. To protect your crop, learn how to manage pests on collard greens. Get some collard greens to grow in the vegetable garden this year, wherever you are. Growing collard greens will be a simple and worthwhile gardening experience if planted at the proper time.