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Champion Collards Art Pack

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Champion Collards

Brassica oleracea

Certified Organic Seed

Greens Like a Truck, Truck, Truck

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Whether you want to learn more about a word or a plant, you need to get to the roots. This long-lasting variety of collards came from the Vates gene pool. Vates is an acronym for the Virginia Truck Experiment Station. What do greens have to do with trucks? It's all about the roots. A truck farm is not, as you might think, about loading a truck with veggies and driving them to market. The term "truck farm" actually comes from the French word "troque," meaning "exchange." The Vates varieties were all developed for small farms that sold their vegetables at market. We are championing this variety because we think it's a champion in the garden. Throw this collard in the ring with any other variety and it will prove itself a champion. Think of a breeder like a good trainer- one that can recognize the strengths and weaknesses of a potential champion and guide them over time to being the best they can be.
Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Planting Depth ½ inch
Days to Maturity 70 days
Height at Maturity 30 inches
Width at Maturity 24 to 30 inches
Direct sow beginning 3 weeks before last frost, spacing seeds 2-3 inches apart; thin to 18 inches. Or, start seeds indoors 6 weeks before planting date. Transplant when seedlings have 3 sets of leaves. Plant again in mid-summer for a sweet fall crop. Plant in rich soil; water frequently. Collards can be grown in the spring and summer, but they are best in the fall after a light frost.
Jeff Caramagna was born in New Jersey and has been drawing and painting since. A graduate of the Cooper Union and Yale University he currently lives in Beacon NY and exhibits internationally.