Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Leafy Greens

The garden is a place where my important nourishment comes from and I have selected leafy green vegetables to grow:  collards, kale, and mustards along with turnips.

The other year, I was pleasantly surprised how well mustard and kale plants did in my garden and I couldn't go wrong with Georgia collards.

The collards grow just about anywhere in any soil as long as they get a little food, water, and sunshine.  The more you pick, the more you get.  If you sow the seeds, they will take about 10 days to germinate and 120 - 150 days to mature.  Eat the collards finely chopped in salads, if you prefer, but otherwise cook until tender and use seasoned meat to add flavor to the collards.  I always use pickles and its juice.

Box of Mustard Plants
The kale and mustards compliment each other well when cooked together in salted water.  If you sow the seeds, they will take 9 - 10 days to germinate and 50 - 70 days to mature.  These greens freeze well after a quick blanching, cooling, draining,and packing.

I also like to mix in a bit of turnip greens with the kale and mustards.  They cook quickly.  If you sow turnip seeds, they will take 7 days to germinate and 45 - 60 days to mature.

These leafy green vegetables are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and they will keep you regular.  They are easy to grow, cook, freeze, and store.

I usually let the mustard greens go to seed in the garden because they produce yellow flowers that attract bees and butterflies.

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