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When to plant collard greens this fall?

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When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  SalsaMom on 8/18/2014, 5:15 pm

Hello all -
When should I plant some collard green seeds for a fall/winter crop?
I'm in middle TN.
Friend gave me a pack of seeds and I've never grown them before.
How many per square do I plant - looks like they get pretty big.

Looking forward to having something going this fall/winter.

Thanks!

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  walshevak on 8/18/2014, 6:53 pm

Start now.  1 per square.  You can start them in small cups and transplant( my preferred way) or direct sow a couple of seeds per square and thin to strongest plant.  Cover with tulle or lightweight row cover until after the first frost or the bugs will get them.

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Post  VJ72584 on 8/18/2014, 10:42 pm

I did not know I should cover them. What about cabbage, will bugs get them too? I have never tried either one til this year.

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Post  walshevak on 8/19/2014, 4:44 am

@VJ72584 wrote:I did not know I should cover them. What about cabbage, will bugs get them too? I have never tried either one til this year.
Yes, it helps reduce insecticide use.

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/19/2014, 9:57 am

Yes, plant now and cover.  Here is my greens box that was planted early last spring.  The tulle is weather beaten so has holes now.  Next year I'll use agribon in hopes that it will last longer than one season. 
The generic collards are across the back row as they are the tallest, with 2 Champion collards at each end of the center row.  Kale fills the rest of the box: 

I harvest them young because I like them tender.

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  SalsaMom on 8/29/2014, 1:09 pm

Thanks for the tips!
I will get the collards out soon.

Have some sweet potatoes to dig out and get cured and we've got a LOT of work on our pasture fence to do....
Always something!

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  yolos on 8/29/2014, 4:07 pm

Plant them now.  I have been in 4 different nurseries over the past week and all of them are carrying the collard transplants.

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  sanderson on 8/30/2014, 1:22 am

I wonder if it's too late to direct sow in my area??  We just finished raising the cabbage/kale box. First frost is Nov 21.

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  walshevak on 8/30/2014, 1:14 pm

@sanderson wrote:I wonder if it's too late to direct sow in my area??  We just finished raising the cabbage/kale box.  First frost is Nov 21.
You can try because collards can take light frost and keep growing slowly, but I would try to get some starts for insurance.  Same with kale and chard.  Plant extras for the fall garden and these cut and come again plants will provided greens until a very hard freeze.  Even  then they might leaf out in the very early spring.  Last year's extended hard freezes did them in, but the year before all mine did exactly that.

Even my Lowes store has collard, kale, cabbage and other fall plants right now. My first frost date is usually around mid Nov.

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  Judy McConnell on 8/31/2014, 9:08 am

Remember - if you have to buy transplants, they are outside - no tulle or protection from cabbage butterflies.

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  walshevak on 8/31/2014, 7:52 pm

@Judy McConnell wrote:Remember - if you have to buy transplants, they are outside - no tulle or protection from cabbage butterflies.

Good reminder.  I still cover with tulle as soon as I transplant.  I wonder if you can spray with BT before or right after transplanting?

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Re: When to plant collard greens this fall?

Post  yolos on 8/31/2014, 8:33 pm

I had 3 four packs that I purchased about 4 days ago.  I set them on my screened-in porch waiting for this heat wave to pass.  They already have tinsy tiny little green worms on them that are putting holes in the leaves.  I sprayed them today so I hope they will be worm free before I plant them and put the tulle over them.

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