Last Sunday at church, a dear friend, Virginia, was telling me how much she and her husband have been enjoying all manner of fresh greens harvested each week from their small garden. Cheap, abundant, healthy greens harvested a couple times each week.

Visiting later with another buddy, Billy Ray, later in the week, he showed me his garden patch of collard greens. “I put some of the chicken litter from my hens and a little triple-13 and I can’t keep up with them.” He gives away most of what he grows as he gets all he wants.

Cary Sims is the county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is