November 18th Today is the day I am harvesting the first mess of Collard from my garden.  Boy, that sounds very southern talk to me.  These Collard like the Turnips this time of year are growing very well here in Florida.  I am happy with my small garden with  2 small rows of Collard Greens.  My first harvest is going to friends.  The only thing I am doing is cutting the tops off (leaves).  I am leaving the roots of the collard plants and in about 2 to 3 weeks they will be ready for cutting again.  This time of year they are normally growing pretty fast.  But, of course to me they seem to grow faster with cooler temperatures.  Our temperatures here in Florida have reached the high 70’s and low 80’s at time.  Cool at night.  All my greens haven’t been touched by the frost yet.  I can’t wait till cooler temperatures.

Harvest: This  first mess of Collards I am so happy to give to my brother. I can guarantee frost or no frost, when he gets through cooking these they will be tasty.

Note: I am so glad that when I planted these that I did my best to drop only one seed into the ground at a time.  This sure made it easier when it came time to thin them out.  By being carefully precise on dropping each little seed.  I had very little work to do on thinning them. So much easier.  Last year I had not knowing no better, had drop 5 or more seeds in one spot. By doing this, they don’t have the room to grow.  This year I have each collard plant spaced at least 8 to 12 inches apart.  They are really growing.  Pat myself on the back !  I go Girl !