Wow. Despite repeated temperatures in the teens and an unreliable row cover material that continually blew off, leaving the plants completely exposed to the freezing night air, the broccoli plants continue to bear lovely crowns of broccoli florets! I am wowed. Spring planting has never yielded this kind of broccoli harvest.
By contrast the cold weather lettuces, chard and spinach have all shown substantial damage from the freezes, even under light cover. Collards, cabbage and curly kale just shrug it off, of course.
One of the loveliest things in the garden right now is the rainbow chard with it's brilliant red stems and colorful leaves. Some stalks are deep burgundy and purple, others orange and green. When the sun hits the row, they light up the garden. What a rewarding plant to grow - talk about your ornamental edibles!