I'm happy, however, to report that my collard greens out in the garden have survived the earlier attack by pests called "flea beetles."
Wikipedia says that flea beetles often attack cruciferous plants (cabbages) including collards, rape (canola), and mustard. And kale too, I can tell you. That's what happened here in July.
The Wiki article continues: "Flea beetles execute their most severe attacks during dry weather and are most active on sunny days. The larvae are known to chew roots." The adult beetles feed on leaves. During the infestation this summer, they ate all my kale seedlings, but they couldn't kill off the hardy collards. It looks like I'll have a good collard crop this fall.
We are also going to have a good crop of tomatoes, along with all the zucchini and winter squashes that are growing out there. Smaller tomatoes are coming in plentifully already, and the larger varieties are really starting to ripen.