This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
While on a trip through the State of Mississippi recently, we had occasion to note how extensively this was grown and appreciated under its old fashioned name of " Coleworts," pronounced down here collards. They do not head as the cabbage does, but have short tender green leaves, which push out from buds all up and down the stem as the Brussels sprouts do. These and other vegetables were in full condition for use at McComb City, a settlement chiefly of Northern men, who are prospering remarkably well in this far off region. In our northern regions we could not grow this as our winters are of course too severe. Col. Hillyard, the enterprising secretary of the Mississippi Valley Company, informed us that at McComb City the thermometer rarely falls 12° below freezing point and then only for a little while, which is of course very favorable to winter vegetables.