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The mild winter has been kind to our late-planted collards. Some kale and turnip greens are still producing. It has been nice to have fresh backyard veggies this time of year.

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The best time to plant them here is late August to Labor Day. It was too hot and dry then plus the plants did not become available till October. My brother had more than he needed. They will make it through a normal winter, and will seed out in the spring. Then we will clean out the row, and cook and freeze them for later. We like them better than mixed greens, usually turnip, kale, and curly mustard.
 

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In the south a universal measurement of something picked or harvested for cooking or preserving is called a "mess" by those of us that garden or farm. With that understanding I picked a mess of the backyard collards today, and Miss Joanne cooked them for supper. What I picked would have filled a half bushel basket, but they cook down alot. I will freeze some for later, at least a quart bag of them.

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