Ladies and gentlemen, your days are numbered: the last bed of leeks. I will select 3 to go to seed but the rest will be dinner.
It’s the wind-down of the season for certain garden goodies around here. Leeks are the first up at bat. Like most things around here, and even though they’re the longest-lived garden item, these, too, are seasonal!
Can you see how one is enough for three people? Unlike outdoor leeks, I don’t need to remove nearly as many outer leaves on the greenhouse ones so what you see is nearly what we ate. This variety is Fedco’s Bleu de Solaize but it’s from my own seed from last year’s crop.
I am normally such a scrooge with this one particular long-lived allium. They’re somewhat hard to grow, they’re quite lovely, and they bridge the gap in our calendar between storage onions and garlic to new garden onions and (yum) green garlic. But now, well, now this veg gets the royal treatment! One of these big puppies makes a lovely leek tart atop my own somewhat inconsistent puff pastry. We devoured it.
Babies inside their cat-proof fence
And the tyranny has ended for me for the little indoor seedlings of leek. The greenhouses are warm enough, and the leeklings big enough, that they’ve all been transplanted out to their temporary bed. Ah! Now there’s space for new seeds indoors.