Trying to *find* reasons to stick around the sunny 85-degree greenhouse this weekend, I espied this leek throwing out little leeklets around its base. Aha! I thought. Time to get a leg up on the new Leek Season.
Not all leeks put out these pearls. In point of fact, I probably wouldn’t save the seed of one that does…these botanical diversions aren’t terribly welcome if single thick stalks are your gardening goal. But as you can see the mother stalk is just fine, size-wise. Mom was growing in a bed of mixed leeks and shallots: shallots do divide, so I assumed that ground greenery was simply a shallot. And I would have missed these altogether if I hadn’t decided that my time in the new greenhouse needed to be productive time. Little Edie was just lying around in the sun, why shouldn’t I?
So I carefully teased the leeklets out of the clayey root ball. Any roots that got broken got a leaf haircut too (balance being key: you don’t want the plant to blow itself out supporting those heavy leaves on few roots and vice-versa) and I planted them 2″ apart in two rows.
Okay, that took 10 minutes. Now what else can I do in here?