COLLARDS

ABOUT:

Collards are easy to grow!  It has been said they are a symbol of self-sufficiencey and strenth here in the south.  As a member of the Cabbage Family, it is a nutrient dense food.

 

Height:   24-30 inches

Spread:24 inches

 

Edible Parts:

 

        Leaves

 

 

BASICS

 

Propogation:  Seed

        

Seed vitality: up to 4 yrs in a dry sealed, dark container stored in a cool place

 

 

SITE

Light requirement:  Full sun

 

Frost tolerance:  Hardy

 

Soil pH range:  5.5-6.8

 

Soil prep:  Not fussy, but loves fertile soils, so add compost when planting.

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Container growing:  Single plant in 12" deep, 10 inch wide pot

 

PLANTING

 

Direct sow or transplant?  Best transplanted

 

Spring planting time:  (Feb-April, but FALL planing best!)

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            Outdoors:

 

 Autumn planting time:

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            Outdoors: May direct sow in OCTOBER

 

Days to maturity:

 

Seed depth:

 

Spacing between plants:

            Ideal:

            Square Foot Gardening:

 

Spacing between rows:

 

Special methods:

 

Germination:

 

Succession planting:

 

Rotating crops:

 

Companion crops:

 

Incompatible crops

 

 

CARE

 

Water

 

Nutrients:

 

Side dressing:

 

 

Weeds:

 

Watch for:

 

Special methods:

 

 

Pests:

 

 

Diseases

 

 

HARVEST:

 

 

 

Storage:

 

 

Varieties:

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