Choosing & Planting Collard Greens

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Knowing what to look for when buying collard greens for your garden is very important to their success and growth. Learn how to choose the best possible collard greens for your garden in this free horticulture video from a veteran gardener. View Video Transcript

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Bartholomew DiVietri

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Today we're going to talk about how to pick out and care for a good collard green plant for your vegetable garden. Once again you want to take a look and make sure there's a plant in each of the little spots in the four pack so that you are getting all four of them. Like this one is missing one right there. I'd stay away from that one. You want to make sure that the leaves aren't turning yellow or any black spots on them or anything like that. This one looks pretty good right here. These are going to take about 75-90 days to fully mature. It says on the tag, each vegetable is going to have a different spacing. This one says that you should space them about 18 inches apart so they're going to get pretty big. You have to plant these in full sun. You can use any kind of potting mix or garden soil. Just don't be planting them in any bad clay soil or anything like that. You want them to have a good black dirt so that they're getting the nutrients they need. You can definitely give them some Miracle Gro fertilizer which is great. It's going to make them get about twice as big twice as fast. You've got to plant these guys in full sun and do not forget to water them. It's very important that you don't forget to water your vegetable plants because they will dry out in no time. You just want to keep them moist, full sun, and since they're going to take about 75-90 days you want to get them started a little bit early in the season so that you're not harvesting them in the colder temperatures where they could get frostbit or just start going bad. So just don't forget to water them. It's very important that you fertilize them and water them. You should in about 75-90 days have some good collard greens.