I'll be harvesting collard greens for New Year's from the community garden tomorrow (or maybe today, since it is supposed to rain tomorrow.) Using row covers, which might have been overkill this year here in North Carolina, I've got big strong "Senposai" collards. They are tender and good, but not "actually" a collard. They are a cross between two Asian brassicas, but the result is very collard-like indeed. They grow faster, and are more tender. I also like Champion variety, but this year the Senposai wins the prize. Doug Jones turned NC gardeners on to this option a decade or more ago. The other crops producing well are komatsuna ("Summerfest") a mild big leaf Asian mustard, and a mix 'Not Your Grandma's Greens" from the good folks at Country Home and Farm in Pittsboro, NC. My lettuce is not too shabby either, especially the 'French Crisp" Batavia types such as Reine de Glaces, Nevada, and Magenta, plus Merveille de Quatre Saisons, a sort-of butterhead with attitude. Just been really, really mild. Man, am I happy to see 2020 come to a close! Of, of course, there's Swiss chard. Can't kill it.
So, what else do community gardeners do now? That's a big topic for another another post, but this is the ideal time to work on bylaws (often overlooked, governing how garden leadership works, what kind of democratic input gardeners have, accountability for leadership as well as gardeners, a plan for sharing decision-making and cultivating new leaders.) Gardens usually don't fail because of gardening issue or even development or gentrification, they fail because of human factors. The winter is a great time to get started on 'human sustainability.'