Spring crops in the Southeast are in a mixed state of early, middle, and late, here in late-March, in terms of being ready to harvest.
Your fall-planted kale may be starting to send up flower-stalks. Mine is.
When leaf-crops like kale start to make flowers, it means they are going to stop making new, tasty leaves very soon. When you can see flower buds forming, it is time to harvest the rest of the crop. I brought in my kale this weekend.
Any early-planted rocket will have sent up flowers, too. When the space is not needed right away for another crop, I leave these in the garden for a week or so, for the bees. Fall-planted cilantro may be flowering in a few weeks, too. Mine is starting to show a thickened central stem. This is usually the first indicator that the plant will switch over to making flowers soon.
If you planted a later patch of rocket at few weeks ago, it may be at a perfect size for harvesting right now. Mine is planted in the half-barrel. Leaves from my later patch have been going into sandwiches and salads for a couple of weeks. It is about time to plant another round of rocket, to avoid having too large a gap between crops.
The spring garden can provide other salad-type greens, too. A small home garden might not have a large salad patch, but it can produce specialty greens that make meals more interesting.
My garden has been giving us rocket, radicchio, and a dark red lettuce that make beautiful salads.
Some gardens will have large beets, ready to harvest, started last fall. Spring-planted beets may still be just clusters of small leaves (like mine).
Salad radishes planted in late February may be ready soon, too. My ‘German Giant’ radishes were planted in the same bed and at the same time as my beets. The radish roots are more than a half inch across already.
Knowing that the spring crops are nearly done would be more sad if I weren’t looking forward to summer crops. I have started tomato and pepper plants in the house, and I have seeds for many more kinds of veggies that I am planning to grow.
How is your garden growing this Spring?