How to Plant and Grow Mustard and Collard Greens


Collard & mustard greens are a part of the cabbage family. Collard greens are popular in the south, and grow very well in hot weather. Collard and mustard greens do not grow a head like cabbage, but the leaves are what is cooked and eaten. Leaves are thick, dark green, and have a spinach flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • seeds
  • water
  • fertilizer
  • Plant seeds directly into the ground, weeks before your last frost date in the spring. Plant seeds approximately 1/4 inch deep, space about 2 feet apart. Collards & mustards can tolerate poor soil, but will grow best in well fertilized soil.

  • Keep soil well watered but not soggy. Collards and mustard greens like sunlight, so plant in an area where the sun will shine on the plants daily.

  • Pick leaves of the collards and mustards as soon as they are large enough. The smaller the leaves the more tender and succulent the plants will be. Picking leaves after a frost tends to improve the flavor. Discard leaves showing signs of browning or yellowing. Wash collard and mustards several times before eating. Plants tend to hold dirt.

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