First, please excuse the weeds. This photo was taken prior to giving this dirt a little attention.
But second, do you see the two big kale plants?! They are from LAST YEAR. And over the winter, the squirrels (evil, evil squirrels) ate them down to stubs because I never got around to pulling them out of the ground.
Imagine my surprise when I noticed a bit of green on the brown stubs a few weeks ago. As I was busy and the weather was bad, I just ignored the situation for a while. And now...I seem to have two healthy kale plants. Not my plan for this spot but I've decided just to go with it. I go pick about a cup of tender leaves for a smoothie nearly every morning.
And it's hard to distinguish with the mass-o-weeds but can you see the two darker green spouts towards the back? Like the kale, my never produced anything edible brussels sprouts from last year, eaten by squirrels. There's life happening there too. And because I now (think) I know why I never had success with them last year and I've adopted the go with the flow gardening attitude, I've left those two plants too. I'll let you know if they grow any taller. (I'm sure y'all are on the edge of your seats waiting to see if I ever get a brussels sprout!) (Also, may we please discuss what a dumb name that is?! Brussels sprouts. People often leave off the s from brussels. But it should be there. Making a singular sprout sound super incorrect...a brussels sprout...so dumb.)
Seeing as how critters (yet to be determined) have eaten ALL of my broccoli and cauliflower and half of my brussels sprouts from my community garden plot, I'm pinning a lot of hope on the resurrection of these plants.