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Growing Collards, also Collard greens, Borekale

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(Best months for growing Collards in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

Your comments and tips

16 Jan 15, jenny (Australia - tropical climate)
what is collard greens called in Australia (Try Borekale or kale as a substitute -Liz)
26 Jan 15, Danielle (Australia - temperate climate)
They are also known as collards in Australia, but they're not very widely available. I ordered seeds from The Lost Seed. Unfortunately I'm unable to post the link but if you google it you should be able to find them.
03 Jan 15, fran (Australia - temperate climate)
have just read that collard greens wete tested against a leading cholesterol drug and found to be equally or more effective . did not say how much you have to eat though but they are a staple in soujthern USA
29 Dec 14, Louis Veldhoen (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I buy collard greens in south Africa in particular in Gauteng
26 Oct 14, Gen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I just bought some seeds at the Briars at Mount Martha. Heritage seeds.
17 Jan 14, leon (Australia - temperate climate)
I received my collards greens seeds today in the mail. I got mine from www.australianseed.com, they're in WA. I live in campbelltown nsw and I'm very confident of growing a good healthy crop. :-)
13 Apr 16, Lesley Oregan (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi campbelltown... I live near you. I know this post was 2 years ago but am wondering how successful you were with growth. I've tried growing kale a number of times but each time they were instantly eaten by very hungry caterpillars while all my other plants were totally left alone.
30 Nov 16, April (Australia - temperate climate)
I have found the best way to keep caterpillars off is to keep the plants covered with a very fine net where there is no way for moths to get to them to lay their eggs, make sure the net is held off the growing plants. I've heard spraying with diluted garlic juice is also good but I haven't tried it myself. Plants are only as good as the soil they are grown in so make sure you feed your soil with lots of home-grown compost. The healthier the soil is the less moths and other pests will be attracted to your garden beds. Plants give off an odour that pests can detect if they are not getting all the nutrients they need to grow properly so then pests attack the plant and you know the rest. Good luck.
26 Dec 13, Engela (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I buy collards in South Africa?
24 Nov 13, Lynda (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I want to start juicing and have come across collards in the recipe. My question is do they grow in the sub-tropics/temperate climate. I live in the northern rivers of NSW. If not where can I buy collards. Tks lynda
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I received my collards greens seeds today in the mail. I got mine from www.australianseed.com, they're in WA. I live in campbelltown nsw and I'm very confident of growing a good healthy crop. :-)

- leon

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