Arriga
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Bolting of greens?

Today, I went to the garden to check on things and I noticed that my turnip and collard greens from last summer are sprouting flower/seeds from the top.I am guessing this is bolting. Does this mean that the plant going to die? Can I harvest whats left and consume? They did make it through the winter. Do I need to remove the plants from the garden? I thought they were periennials(sp).

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Greens that have bolted will be bitter. Better start the new batch...

Kale and collards are biennial, mustard greens are annual...

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Arriga
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Bolting

With the turnip and collards, this is their second spring and I haven't harvested anything this spring yet. I winder why they bolted so early? I have the Georgia collards and I am not sure what turnips but I know that the turnips are greens only not for root.

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With the turnip greens I'm not so sure; you might get another season out of those as they have more food storage (that's what root veggies are). The others are probably not gonna be so good, but try them and draw your own conclusions. Bolting has never helped flavor in my book...

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