Greens are highly recommended for the home vegetable garden because they are easy to grow and extremely productive. Growing greens is a great way to keep your vegetable garden productive through winter.

Over the past weekend, I took a stroll through the Discovery Garden located near the AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park. I experienced a moment of déjà vu as I approached a vegetable bed maintained by a Master Gardener. The bed contained a bountiful crop of healthy “Florida Broadleaf” mustard greens.

Can any Southern garden truly be Southern garden without greens planted in the fall garden? If you are from the South, your mother and/or grandmother probably cooked them up with a bit of smoked meat or bacon. My parents always had a fall vegetable garden when I was a young boy growing up on a farm in Virginia. Greens were a tasty and extremely nutritious staple at our Sunday dinners when I was kid.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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