UNION — A Union woman who has been growing collard greens for years says she’s amazed that some of the collard greens she’s growing this year are nearly as tall as she is.
“I’ve been growing collard greens for a long time and I’ve never seen them grow like that,” Sallie Bell Bowser said. “I’ve had collard greens every year and I’ve never seen them get that tall.”
Bowser has a small garden between her carport and her house on Windbrush Lane in Union. The garden is filled with collard greens, the tallest of which reaches up nearly to her chin, the second tallest up to her shoulder, and the third tallest up to her abdomen.
While she’s not absolutely certain why the plants have gotten as tall as they have, Bowser said she thinks it might be because of the amount of water she’s given them this year.
“They are right next to my carport and the spigot is on the side,” Bowser said. “We had a really dry summer this year and every time I came out I turned the water on because of how dry its been.”
Regardless of what caused them to get so tall, Bowser said she’s quite happy with the results. She said she really enjoys gardening and is looking forward to continuing to do so and seeing how tall her next crop of collard greens get.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.