Signs of Spring

Yipp yip yi yea!

Lopez Island Kitchen Gardens

In the warmth and light of late February’s lengthening days, the kitchen garden’s perennial vegetables are sending out new growth. Pink tips of asparagus poke through the dirt next to dried stalks of last year’s crop. Asparagus tips '15Crinkled green rhubarb leaves open over red stems. Rhubarb new growthGray-green artichoke leaves unfurl above mounds of hay that protected their roots through the cold spells of winter. Artichokes in mulchAnd bright green spears of garlic rise above rich dark soil. Garlic growing '15In another month they’ll all have doubled or tripled in size and seem less remarkable than they do now as they signal the start of the new season. The excitement then will be in eating them.

Over-wintered kale plants that survived the deep cold that began in November and returned several more times in December are now sending out tender, sweet new leaves from their sturdy stalks. Kale new growth '15We’ve been enjoying them in salads dressed with a little…

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