Collard greens (Brassica oleracea acephala) are a nutritional powerhouse. The dark green leafy vegetable, a member of the cabbage family, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as thiamine, niacin and riboflavin. According to the University of Arkansas, collards were first grown in the eastern Mediterranean and were among the foods consumed by prehistoric man. Plant them during the first part of spring to harvest in summer. Plant again in the middle of the summer, and you can be enjoying collards into early winter.
Plant the greens at 6-inch intervals in the garden patch.
Watch the plants grow to a height of 6 to 10 inches.
Cut the plants at ground level to harvest the entire plant. As an alternative, you can harvest the larger leaves from the plant when it reaches a height of 10 to 12 inches, leaving the smaller, younger leaves to continue developing.