COLLARDS WAS A GIVEN, KALE WAS AN AFTERTHOUGHT. Since one of us is southern, there was little doubt that we’d grow collards. But we had to be convinced to grow kale. What the heck does one use kale for other than sneeze guard greenery? Turns out, most everything. We even ate kale sandwiches in late winter. Really. They weren’t half bad.

The other benefit to kale is that it lasts longer than any other thing in the garden. By far. I swear, if we dug down through the snow right now we could probably find enough for a pot of soup. In fact, that’s probably not such a bad idea..

Below are the varieties we’re growing this year. Let us know your thoughts about kale (and collards) in the comment section below the photos.

GEORGIA COLLARDS–  Introduced before 1880, this variety is recognized as the standard and is very popular in the South. Plants grow to 3 ft. and leaves are blue green, tender, juicy and mild tasting. Tolerates heat and sandy or poor soils.

DWARF SIBERIAN KALE – Compact 12-15 in. plants produce large, coarse, blue green, plume like leaves with frilled edges. Very hardy, prolific, will not yellow in severe cold.

by Josh and Brent

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Laurie Price

Does anyone know where I can order live Georgia Collard plants to be delivered to my dad's house in South Carolina? He wants plants, not seeds.

doug brown

i have an aerogarden can i grow collared creens or kale in it it can grow plants up to 24"

Dr. Brent

Hi, Doug

We've never tried growing greens in an aerogarden, but we think you should give it a try. We can't think of why it wouldn't work