Last year, I didn't cleanup the edible garden at all. I left the plants that were still growing in the ground, for no other reason than pure laziness. We lucked out with an extremely mild winter. When I went to the garden today, I noticed that many of the plants were still going strong. They overwintered perfectly fine. Today, I harvested some broccoli, a carrot, and 2 leeks! I am never going to cleanup my garden ever again if I can produce results like this! I never would have thought that I could harvest vegetables in March, especially in New York! A strange start to the growing season indeed!