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How to Grow Collard

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Collard is a member of the cabbage family, and closely related to Kale. It has a strong, cabbage-like flavor. It is grown in cool weather, like it's other cabbage family cousins. They do not form round head, and is easier to grow. In the kitchen, it can be used in recipes that call for cabbage.

Despite being easier to grow than regular cabbage, why isn't it popular? The answer is taste. In addition to being strong flavored, Collard greens also have a bitter taste.

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How to Grow Collards:

Collard plants grow well in full sun. It prefers cool weather and does not grow well in mid-summer heat and humidity. They will grow in rich to average soils. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.

Plant Collard seeds or seedlings in your garden as soon as the ground can be worked. For spring crops, start plants indoors four to six weeks before planting outside.

Plant seeds in containers 1/2 inch deep, in sterile starting mix. Water thoroughly once, then lightly after the seeds have sprouted.

Whether direct seeding or transplanting, space plants 18 to 24 inches apart, in rows three feet apart.

Collards do not form heads, making it easier to grow than cabbage. The young leaves can be harvested as the plant grows for salads, soups, and other recipes.

Days to Maturity:  70 - 80 days. The more tender young leaves can be harvested as soon as they reach a size that is easy for picking.

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Insects , Pests, and Disease:

Among the most common insect problems are aphids, and cabbage loopers. Cabbage loopers  are the larva stage of a moth. Use insecticides or organic repellent as needed. As a leaf vegetable, it's very important to follow the insecticide label carefully prior to use.

Collards seldom has disease problems.

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