3.8.12 Overwintered kale and chard

One of the benefits of overwintered kale are the sweet florets they produce.

The chard has revived and is sending out lots of healthy new growth.

The garlic shoots are poking through at least two weeks earlier than usual.

Found the Snowdrops in bloom, also daffodil shoots during our walk around the garden.

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22 Responses to 3.8.12 Overwintered kale and chard

  1. wilderness says:

    Looks like spring is coming fast for you.

  2. kitsapfg says:

    I love snowdrops… they just say “spring” all over them. Beautiful healthy growth on the overwintered chard and kale.

  3. Norma Chang says:

    Your flowering kale would look beautiful in a vase.

  4. Is that snow I see in one of your photos??

  5. maryhysong says:

    Yes spring is early this year! I haven’t tried snowdrops here but the daffys are blooming and the tulips won’t be far behind

  6. Rick says:

    Overwintering kale (and spinach) is the way to go!! It tastes so good after a long winter of cold weather!

    • leduesorelle says:

      It always strikes me how the flavor expressions of things differ through the seasons, makes it entirely worth overwintering!

  7. Your gardens looks lovely! Spring is such a wonderful time of year.

    Lynn

    • leduesorelle says:

      Spring here is usually long, wet, cold and muddy, making the spots of brightness that much more enjoyable!

  8. I didn’t know that you could eat kale flowers. I have some coming along, so I’ll have to toss them into a stirfry. Thanks for the tip.

    • leduesorelle says:

      Overwintered brassicas want to go to seed, and the florets are a spring treat. Treat as you would broccoli, can be eaten raw as well as stir-fried!

  9. Julie says:

    I didn’t know you could eat kale flowers either. Very good to know, that is if my kale had germinated!

    • leduesorelle says:

      It’s a little bit like passed on knowledge, what makes growing for oneself so very different than larger scale farming.

  10. Robin says:

    The overwintered greens are just great! Spring is just around the corner!

  11. Liz says:

    I will have to let some Kale flower this year – I want to taste the flowers.

    • leduesorelle says:

      It makes sense when I realized they’re related to flowering brassicas grown primarily for their florets!

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