Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Leek Digging

The leeks came out of the garden this morning. Big as baseball bats, these giant onion type plants have been growing in a semi raised bed that I made from field stones. 

In June I set the leek plants into this bed and then kept adding more soil around them, and sometimes added another stone or two, so that the plants would be supported by each other. 

Most of the plants are at least an inch in diameter. Some are almost two inches. Baked into a spectacular quiche by fellow food lover Gloria for tonight's knitting group, the leeks were almost sweet and definitely savory. One leek was sliced fine and added to a romaine/kale salad with apple, raspberry, pear, and avocado. Tossed with maple mustard dressing, that was a good salad. 

I never in a million years thought that I could raise plants like these. Now I am looking forward to a potato leek soup, maybe with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Oh what goodness is born in a garden!

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