When it’s a leek.
*crickets chirp* Okay, not a great joke. But seriously, do we include leeks in our Year of the Root Vegetable? They do belong to the onion family, many of which have bulbs that we consume and therefore are definitely root vegetables. But the part of leeks that we eat is the “stem” (really a bundle of leaf sheaths) and not the part that naturally grows below the ground.
On the other hand, when we grow leeks we usually mound up soil around the plant to blanch it, so it does grow “underground” after all…
Oh well. No matter how you define leeks, they are a vegetable worth discussing. And this is a great time of year to discuss them, because guess what? This is the Great Leek Meeting Point. Some of us still have leeks in our garden to harvest – look, I do:
(Okay, this was not taken today; you can tell because there’s only a smidgeon of snow. But most of the leeks are still there.)
And this is also the time of year we ought to be thinking how we’re going to grow our leeks for 2013. Here are the options:
- Start from seed:
- Inside, 8 weeks before setting out in April.
- Directly in the garden.
- Buy seedlings.