I have to pick my lettuce and spinach today. I don't want to, but if I don't do it soon I'm afraid they will bolt. I'm a little disappointed because typically we should still have several weeks left for growing cool weather fall and spring crops - vegetables such as broccoli, lettuces, cabbage, beets, spinach, cauliflower and snow peas, to name just a few of my favorites. Unfortunately we're having an unusually hot spring. Temperatures are as much as 20 degrees warmer than average for this time of the year, which will cause my cool weather crops to throw up flowers prematurely and bolt. Bolting produces such a bitter taste that the plant is no longer pleasingly edible. It's quite disheartening to know that my broccoli will not grow to fruition (I was late planting anyway and we did have two nights of temps in the teens that hit them hard) - I had hopes that I might manage to have some curds to eat. (Yes, that's what they're called - the edible broccoli head - I looked it up )
I'll leave the cabbage and broccoli in the ground for now and see what happens. I'm an optimist after all.