Mary's Veggie Garden

February 25, 2010

Eating from the Garden in Winter: Leeks

Filed under: Gardening,Leeks,Root Cellar,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 12:28 pm

Leeks are biennials, so they store well in the ground.  It’s March and thus far no pests have bothered the leeks, not even the deer that left droppings 3′ from the leek patch.

'Tadorna' Leeks, 3/11/2010

Take a look at the picture. Note the melting snow.  We’ve had snow cover since mid-February, but it has finally melted enough to harvest again.

Note the bleached leaves of the leeks, caused, I think, by deep freezing before there was any snow cover.

Note the deep mulch – last fall I dumped about 8″ of shredded leaves over the leeks.  The leaves prevent the ground from freezing and as a result, I was able to  harvest through the winter – if I didn’t mind playing in the snow.

Note the freshly harvested leeks.  They are still tasty and good for eating. One will be on the pizza tonight.

These leeks are small because they are growing in the shadiest part of my garden, a spot that gets only 5-6 hours of sun a day. But they are still tasty, fresh, and very local.


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