Planting a crop of collards, garlic and kale will reap benefits both sooner and later.
Garlic planted this fall will harvest next summer while both collard and kale greens are frost-lovers that thrive in the cooler temperatures of the coming months and will harvest late fall and early winter in the more moderate regions.
Everyone who’s ever boiled water knows about garlic, allium sativum. An ancient flavoring, its primary use is culinary but the plant also possesses insect repellent qualities.
It’s a bulb rich in health benefits, aiding in the control of cholesterol, high blood pressure and weight gain/obesity; is thought to assist in increasing sexual potency and is a good source of the antioxidant selenium, a chemical supporting good thyroid health as well as preventing the growth and activity of free-radical compounds (cancer-causing agents).
Cloves planted in the fall will begin producing shoots in the spring after frost. Click here for more information.
Both tolerate cooler fall temperatures and can even thrive in the more moderate end of year temperatures that reign here in zone 6A. Ideally, planting these for a fall harvest occurs in late summer, around mid-July or early to mid-August though both of these vegetables will continue to produce even through the winter months.
Collards and kale are also nutrient-rich. Besides the benefits of a fiber enriched diet, they both bring to the table benefits to the body’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory defenses.
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