This morning I picked some baby kale leaves from the enormous over-wintered kale shrub and some older leaves from the over-wintered sorrel, gave them two stirs in hot oil, and added two fresh eggs. The result was so outstanding that your desultory blogger was shamed into finally sharing with you the joys of over-wintering.
Web reviews of over-wintered vegetables are decidedly mixed, and harvesting plants that have spent winter in roof-top soil that has been generally soggy, and alternatively freezing and thawing, does require a sense of adventure. Carrots, for example, emerge covered with small white roots:
And some individual carrots exhibit strange behavior over the winter, putting on new growth that appears to be from a cultivar different from the original (does someone know the scientific explanation for this?):
But of course gardeners must look forward and not back, and the east beds have been expanded and deepened this year, ready for an experiment to see if tomatoes grow well on the wire grid. As you can see, spring lettuce, having been started in the cold frame, is already in the ground: