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'Vates' Collards
 
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Description: Slow-bolting, 32-inch plants bear dark blue-green, long, wavy, wide, tender leaves.
Days To Maturity: 68-80
Seed Sources: Seed Savers Exchange - updated in 2014

 
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Overall: (4.0 Stars)Overall
Taste: (3.0 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.3 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (3.7 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 11/15/2019 by CCE Orrange County - An intermediate gardener

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Orange, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Lots of insect damage.
 

Reviewed on 03/28/2017 by tdoty - An experienced gardener

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Clinton, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

I often had collards on the table when I was growing up in Virginia. There we would let them stay in the garden until they were hit with a light frost to make them sweeter. Here in northern New York, the cool nights keep them sweet and tender all season. The plants don\'t grow as big, but six plants will still provide enough for the 2 of us to freeze for the year. This variety has been my standard even though I have tried others. They grow well with little attention except for the typical cabbage pests.
 
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Reviewed on 03/28/2015 by csw - An intermediate gardener

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Gates, North Carolina, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Since moving from Ohio to North Carolina, I always consult with a local experienced gardener for information. According to my neighbor, Mr. Delton, Vates is an excellent variety to grow for collards. For Gates County, plant them around September 1st. Cool-season crop best grown either early spring or fall. Make sure to plant them two feet apart - no ruler needed. Water them twice and add fertilizer. Grow in black loamy soil but will grow in a variety of soils. Heavy loamy soils will produce the greatest harvest. Soil should be well drained, rich in organic matter and have a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.
 
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