Thanks to a few April showers, the garden has really taken off.   The greens are outta control!  The chard is tall, up to my waist and mustard leaves are gigantic.    With temperatures inching towards 90 degrees again this week, many of the greens are bolting faster than we can pick them.

Flowering greens  are a sign that even hotter weather is just around the corner and soon they will be replaced with summer veggies.  Of course, bolting turns the leaves rather bitter; but it sure offers a pretty sight and the bees are just lovin’ it!   Even though the leaves of the arugula, kale or mustard maybe inedible (for those with delicate taste buds), the young buds or stalks are edible – even the flowers, too!   Yep, you read right – edible and tasty, too.  So don’t “plow under” those greens just yet!

You can saute, stir fry, or steam the flower stalks or sprinkle the pretty flowers in salads or pasta.

Take a walk through our May garden…

Peas and greens

Looking towards the animal compound and chicken coop

Giant greens!

Tucked amongst the greens, a pretty patch of red orach

How’s your gardens coming along?




  1. Jeni Vandall says:

    Holy cannoli!!! You were not joking when you say they are up to your waste!

    We have just barely started getting some warm enough temps at night for us to be able to plant some stuff. Hoping to be able to get some more out this weekend as we are supposed to be getting warmer and warmer from here! YAY!!!

    Oh I just have to say this too because I’m so excited! We got our bee’s this last Saturday and I have to say I was a little scared at first but after you sit with your bee’s for a few minutes you really calm down and get use to them flying around you! Even my husband thought the same thing! So thank you and your family for your continued inspiration to GROW our efforts in becoming self sufficient!!

    BTW how are your fish doing? Eaten any yet?

  2. Esther Reeves says:

    We discovered kale flowers this year and decided they are fabulous better than sprouting broccoli which is grown especially for the flower heads! They are amazingly sweet and tender.

  3. Karen says:

    We are finally going to be planting this week. In the mountains in NY, we are still seeing freezing temperatures at night and frost on the ground in the morning. We still might be jumping the gun since we usually can’t plant until June, but we are taking a chance and planting early. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the encouragement, I’m hoping our garden turns out as beautiful as yours!

  4. Barb says:

    Here in PA we are also way behind you, We just put onions in the ground (a little late because our onion area was being occupied by chicks and hens 🙂 We have tomatoes that will be ready to go in the ground if it ever stops raining. Our garlic looks very nice so far, but I am on pins and needles about it since last year our buck (goat) broke into the patch and ate every single bit. With 22 acres and woods, garden, bushes, and orchards, he picks garlic and iris every single time… and of course my only 2 rose bushes. But if animals count we are really booming here, we have 3 new does the oldest being about a month and a half and the twins who spend their days terrorizing the bantam chickens are about 2 weeks and still fit in one hand. Also we have about 35 new chicks from our incubator, and 12 ducklings. I’m glad I found your blog! You guys are great!

  5. Ginger says:

    Your garden is beautiful. Thanks for the tour. Even though your greens are finishing up, we are just starting to put ours out. Discovered something cool today, which gave me quite an epiphany. I was cleaning out the strawberry/blue berry bed and noticed a volunteer red leaf lettuce. Hmmmm….I now have a great place to plant my greens and maybe peas that I never considered before. guess I’ll be transplanting this evening.

  6. elizabethanne says:

    The April rain in So. Cal. really was a blessing! We didn’t have to water anything for a couple of weeks, and the grass on the dog-side of the yard went nuts. Then we had a hot week, and we were hoping for rain that didn’t come. Sadly our romaine wilted pretty bad. But we watered it for a couple of days in a row and it seems to be coming back alright now.

    First signs of tomatoes on my little tomato plant – two tiny green ones! My strawberries were trying so hard to produce for me, but the bugs kept getting to them before I could. Next time I will plant a lot more of them. The plums and apricots are showing and growing, but it’ll still be a couple months probably until they’re ripe.

    We’ve been finding all kinds of volunteers, though! It’s been super exciting. Volunteer onion and garlic (which hasn’t been planted out there in years), volunteer cherry tomatoes (which we weren’t expecting because we pulled out all of them from that part of the yard), a completely random volunteer corn in the front yard, and some volunteer plum saplings around the big plum tree from some of the pits falling off the tree after the bugs got to them last year (we did manage to get some plums last year, but this year we plan to be much better about getting them before they start turning).

  7. Gunnel says:

    Wow! It`s looking good! Here in Sweden the spring has been cold. So we have just started to plant. (sorry for the spelling.)

  8. Deb says:

    Western Washington state is starting to look beautiful BUT we are only harvesting greens of all kinds (and colors), asparagus, radishes, and herbs (eggs too). We are HOPING for a few peas before the asparagus season ends. Some mustards are bolting and that has been a nummy treat (and a clue as to where in my crowded urban farm the green beans will go). Blossoms everywhere. Everything is looking good but if I could only have what I grow I would be board silly.

  9. Jennifer Lachman says:

    We are just starting our first garden. I never thought I would be able to, because while we have a decent amount of space it consists of rock and clay. Even grass will only grow in patches. Then I noticed that two of my neighbors were having success with raised bed gardens.

    So far I have been able to trade for some extra wood for the frame and about half of the compost I will need in exchange for some scrap metal that has been taking up space in my yard (win win). I’m still going to need to find a source for the rest of my compost because my neighbors don’t make much more that they need.

    I ordered heirloom seeds and plan to put some cucumbers in the ground next week after our frost danger has passed.

    We live pretty high up in the mountains so the weather can be unpredictable but I am still hoping for the best.

  10. Deb Johnson says:

    Your garden look great! I started lettuce and tomatos in my greenhouse, then transplaned outside last week. I have picked some lettuce this week, but have lots more. Looking forward to planting lots of different veggies. Lost 7 meat birds and 1 laying hen to a racoon last night….very sad.

  11. Marcos Guglielmetti says:

    Hello, we live in Junin, Argentina, are a couple with a son who is coming. The climate is typically humid, with cold winters without snow, and hot summers, spring easily recognizable, like the fall, where typically the trees begin to lose their foliage.

    The 4 seasons are very clear. This region is called “the pampas”, here are the most fertile fields of the country, some of the most fertile in the world, but people in their homes have lost the habit of the garden / farm, they no longer have their urban garden no longer has chickens or anything like that: they are only decorative gardens.

    Well, I wanted to ask you a question: You have 400m2 of land area, getting food for 4 adults. Do you think we could live with 180 m2?

  12. Diablo 3 Guides says:

    We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our neighborhood. Your website offered us with helpful info to work on. You have performed an impressive process and our whole community will probably be grateful to you.

  13. Christina Mead says:

    I have a question. My husband and I would like a raised bed, waist high or higher. What vegetables would be able to grow underneath this bed. We are so limited on space. Is doing something layered like this possible?

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