Cabbage Collards

  • Sun: Full sun/Part shade
  • Harvest Size: Young tender green leaves up to 2 feet long
  • Days to Harvest: 45+
  • Plant Size: 2 feet tall and wide

A variety of collard that forms a tight plant looking a little like a cabbage, it has all the great taste and nutrition of collards, including vitamins A and C and calcium. This is a regional variety popular in the Carolinas.

Plant spacing: 18-24 inches apart in conventional rows, 12 to 15 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 4 to 6 for fresh, or up to 8 to 10 for fresh and freezing.

Secrets to Success »

Plant in early spring or late summer to early fall for a fall and winter crop. Frost intensifies the sweetness of this hardy green.

Harvest and Use »

Pick the leaves from bottom to top as you need them. Try the Southern tradition of serving collards with black-eyed peas and cornbread (always on New Year’s Day for good luck). Collard leaves freeze well in a freezer bag.

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  • Turnip, mustard, spinach, and kale for a variety of leafy greens.
  • Hardy herbs such as rosemary, oregano, parsley, and sage.

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