Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winter Leeks

Who says you can't grow veggies in the winter? I shuffled out through the snow yesterday to pick a few leeks from the garden for a big pot of leek soup! Delicious!

Leeks are very forgiving in regards to cold weather and a perfect winter vegetable for a the gardener who doesn't want to go to the time and expense of building a cold frame. For added protection, you can cover your leeks (or carrots, parsnips, beets) with a thick layer of shredded leaves or straw in late fall and then add a sheet of floating row cover to keep it all together.

Whenever you feel like fresh leeks, simply reach under the layer of cover and leaves and harvest a few stalks! We pick leeks all winter long - at least until we run out around late February!

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