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Southern Greens

The cornerstone of traditional Southern cooking and kitchen gardens, these leafy green vegetables include Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Kale and Turnip Greens. Customarily simmered for hours with salt pork or ham hocks, the best way to preserve their wonderful flavors, textures and color is to quickly braise or saute them in olive oil and Garlic. Most Southern Greens prefer cool weather, although Collard Greens are wonderfully tolerant of summer heat. Direct sow Collard, Mustard and Turnip Greens outdoors in the early spring as soon as the soil can be worked and in the late summer for fall harvest.

Average seed life: 4 years.

Green Wave Mustard Greens

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40-60 days. Known for its luxurious, dark green, deeply frilled and curled leaves, Green Wave has a terrific, spicy-hot flavor. Growing as an upright plant to about 2' tall, it doesn't get quite as gritty and require as much washing as other shorter varieties. It is widely adaptable and resists bolting, so it can be grown in warmer climates. You can count on Green Wave to add its special, zingy flavor as a baby leaf to salads, nouvelle cuisine stir-fries or as a mature leaf in traditional stew pots. (OP.)

One packet of about 1,200 seeds
Catalog #1860
$3.55
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Gardening Tips

Southern Greens Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”-1/2”
Row Spacing:18”-30”
Plant Spacing:1”-2”
Days to Germination:6-14 days
Germination Temperature:45°-75°F

Southern Greens prefer cool weather, although Collards are tolerant of summer heat. Direct-sow outdoors in the early spring as soon as the soil can be worked or in the late summer for fall harvest. They can be started as transplants 6 weeks before setting out in full sun and rich, well-draining soil. Add organic compost and/or well-rotted manure as needed. Keep the seed bed moist and weed free. Once seedlings are 4" tall, thin Mustard plants to 8" apart and Collard plants to 12" apart for full-size plants. Water regularly and fertilize as needed with kelp, fish emulsion or seaweed fertilizer. Harvest individual outside leaves without disturbing the plant’s growing point, or harvest the whole plant by cutting it off 1" above soil level: they may resprout. Avoid planting any Brassica in the same area until four years have passed.

Hail to the Hardy Greens
Most garden greens can hardly wait for cool weather to come. They perk up and sweeten up as the mugginess of August fades away. Crops such as Spinach, Arugula, Claytonia and Mâche, if protected by a cold frame or simple unheated greenhouse, survive the winter in cold climates, to be cut and re-cut for a continuous harvest. Sow them in September in the north, October in warmer parts of the country. They do best hunkering down, close to the earth. Lettuce and Endive over-winter best when cut at baby leaf size rather than full-sized heads.

Kale, Collards and Brussels Sprouts fare better if grown to full size and left outdoors to soldier on as long as they can, since they do not re-grow if cut back in winter. We can often harvest them for our Christmas table, even in snowy Maine.

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