You probably recognise at least one of these - the Purple Sprouting Broccoli (second from left in the photo above). My crop of PSB is nearly finished for this year. I have only one plant left. Here it is, in splendid isolation:
The reason why there is only this one is that I have cleared the bed it is in, prior to planting my climbing beans, but I thought it was wrong to dig this one up when it is still producing spears, so I granted it a Stay of Execution.
I have cleared just about everything from two of the beds, (in the second one there are still the final 3 lettuces), and I have applied to them a dose of nematodes. For those unfamiliar with nematodes, they are tiny, tiny worm-like creatures that attack the grubs and larvae of bigger creatures that eat the roots and stems of vegetable plants - hence allies for us gardeners. You put them in water and apply them to the soil with a watering-can. Let's hope they work, because they are not cheap to buy!
This is the second type of shoot - the immature flowerhead of the herb Good King Henry.
Now in all honesty I can't recommend these, because I have never eaten one! I have eaten the leaves of this herb, and they are OK. Yes, just OK. You wouldn't eat this herb if you had plenty of Spinach or Chard, because it falls well below the standards of those two in both flavour and texture.
Here's shoot No.3 - Perpetual Spinach (just as it is running to seed, or "bolting"):
Finally, here is shoot No.4 - the Golden Hop:
In this photo you can see them growing in profusion against the fence at the bottom of my garden. Supposedly they taste a bit like Asparagus (though I think that is probably along the lines of the statement that "snake tastes like chicken"...). Again, since I have Asparagus in my garden I have never been tempted to try the hop-shoots, and I treat them as ornamental rather than edible, but maybe one day I'll try them just for curiosity.
So, I think I'll just go and pick another bundle of Asparagus....
P.S. For "bundle" read "handful".