The warmer touch to the weather this March is certainly doing its magic on the green and purple kale that I planted in late summer last year. I had always felt that not much could be grown in the winter months, especially without a greenhouse. So I bought kale, purple sprouting broccoli and leek seedlings from a garden centre after deciding to try my hand for the first time at some winter vegetables in a raised bed.
I am grateful that the raised bed was covered with a net because it has helped to prevent the pigeons as well as the squirrels that regularly visit my garden from damaging the plants.
I am so impressed to see the kale plants flourishing after the hard frosts of winter which they have bravely survived! Also, though I did have a few caterpillars on some of the leaves in autumn, simply picking them off seems to have done the trick as I have had no problems since.
The purple sprouting broccoli are all now flowering and have grown so much in size, it’s amazing. Cannot wait to taste them!
I planted leek seedlings in between the kale and purple sprouting broccoli in late summer and these have also survived the winter and grown in size. I am hoping they will become a little chunkier in the next few weeks.
Now to just look forward to some tasty dishes that I can cook with these fresh crispy vegetables that I am hoping to harvest in the next few days!!