I was at one of my clients' house yesterday, and noticed she had not eaten the beautiful broccoli that was in her front yard, yet. If you don't eat it while it is perfect, it will sprout! Actually, there was a lot to eat if you know what to harvest (and now she does). I always leave the scraggly dinosaur kale in the garden to sprout anew in the spring and the sprouts taste great in a stir fry, but not as good if they flower (although if they were battered and fried they might). She has some purple cauliflower that looks like it might sprout, too. I told her to make cream of broccoli soup! Yum. The the cilantro is a bit tough, but tasty. The lettuce patch is actually looking good, and will be ready to eat from in a few weeks- there is some lettuce that overwintered, but it is pretty bitter to eat alone. So, there is food that is ready to eat, in some gardens in the maritime Northwest at this time of year! That is one thing I love about gardening here.
I am going to work on getting my potatoes in the ground this coming weekend. We are going to use some cinder blocks we have around to make a potato skyrise (a variation on the potato condo's we tried to make last year at the community garden). We will be attempting those again at Longfellow Creek Community Garden as well. Last year I forgot to hill the row on the farm, but got quite a few (probably not quite what I paid for the seed potatoes though. Some of those are now sprouting, and I know people say not to replant your own seed potatoes, but I am going to try to do it in the condo's rather than buy more. We will see how it goes- I am sure I will keep you posted.
I came across this article at the new Kitchen Gardeners website about the springtime dearth of food and the relation to Lent- read it here.