Monday, October 19, 2009

I Have Leeks!

I started leeks from seed three years ago. I didn't get any that first year that were big enough to eat, but I was very glad that I didn't pull them out in the fall as they overwintered just fine, much to my surprise.

The second year the leeks didn't get big enough either, but one of them did bloom. Again, I left them over the winter. And again they did just fine.

This year I found new leek seedlings from the seeds that blooming leek produced. Back in September I reported that the leeks had yet again failed to produce stalks big enough to use, so imagine my surprise when I pulled one that had seeded in an inconvenient place as I was cleaning the beds for winter and found that it was indeed big enough to use! In fact I found enough that were big enough that I could make my yummy leek and potato soup!

So it only took three years. I'm patient, because it's no work at all just waiting. I had 5 blooms this year, which means even more leeklings next year. I will just keep letting them do all the work and enjoying the results :)


Blogger Muhammad khabbab said...

looking great. I am sure next year more reward!!!!

10/20/2009 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They look lovely. If you want them more thick, you should cut them down a few times. I was told this, I never tried it.

10/20/2009 3:07 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Beautiful leeks! I am so impressed with yours that I may just try them again!

10/20/2009 7:50 AM  
Blogger janie said...

Hoorray for the Leek and Potato soup! My favorite!

10/20/2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Muhammad khabbab , I am planning on letting this patch grow because I like leeks alot.

vrtlarica, I think my main problem is I don't water hardly ever. The cool weather really made a difference this year, though.

Heather, I am definitely continuing this patch. I was really surprised at how hardy they are. It gets to well below -20F during the winter, but they don't seem to mind at all. (I used American Flag)

Janie, I have my recipe over on my cooking blog. Check it out. It is delicious! And easy!

10/20/2009 9:25 AM  
Blogger Rosey Pollen said...

That is one of my favorite soups! Good job! I have never grown a leek in my life.

10/20/2009 10:20 AM  
Blogger Autumn Belle said...

Leeks is my favourite. I use it for cooking vegetarian dishes.

10/20/2009 6:11 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Rosey Pollen, it is an awesome soup! Obvious leeks for me have been a bit tricky, but I think I have the hang of it now.

Autumn Belle, the recipe that I used as a basis for my own came from a vegetarian cookbook. I love vegetarian cookbooks (two of my favorite cookbooks are vegetarian), even though I'm not a vegetarian, because they are heavy in vegetables, which I can always use more of in my diet.

10/20/2009 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

I've had great luck with leeks in past years but seemed to have forgotten about them the past few years. Thanks for the reminder! I love being able to make leek and potato soup whenever I want!

10/21/2009 10:40 AM  
Blogger VP said...

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10/21/2009 11:11 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Ellen, I'm hoping that with me self-sowing, over-wintering leeks I won't have to worry about forgetting about growing them.

VP, thanks for that info. That does sound horrible, but I will stick to what I am doing for now. I really do hate word verification. I don't have a lot of time to go on the internet and when it takes me a few minutes just to get WV to accept my code, it makes for a miserable blogging experience. What I would really like Blogger to do is come up with an app that recognizes your friendlies so that they can by-pass the WV. I'd turn it on then!

10/21/2009 7:11 PM  
Blogger The Violet Fern said...

Your soup sounds soooo good ... it is definitely soup season here. I must try planting leeks! Good to know I should be patient. I am so impressed with all your harvesting and food canning, jarring, saving ... something to aspire.

10/21/2009 8:39 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hi Sylvana... thanks for the comment on my blog.

Is the ramen method of recovery the one where you eat so many noodles the country goes into the black & all is well? Unfortunately the side effect is we all become reclusive 'cause we can't get through the door afterwards. John

10/22/2009 12:55 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Violet Fern, yes! Soup Season!
I'm sure that you can grow leeks faster, I just don't want to put that much effort into it :P
Also, I have been seeing so many blogs that have impressed me in the same way with their harvests and food preserving that I am truly flattered that you feel that way about mine.

John, and you save enough money to get yourself out of your own debt. AND if you can't get out of your house, you also spend less. Besides, that means more blog time :)

10/22/2009 8:46 AM  
Blogger VP said...

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10/22/2009 11:54 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

VP, immediately after you posted these comments I started getting a ton of unwelcome visitors. In an effort to combat them, I am removing your comments on this post (not personal by any means - I think that they are tracing text in your comment or possibly coming in through your profile link). It's a shame too, because I thought that your comments were worthy and pertinent - so sorry again! I am saving your comments to repost though in case this doesn't work.

1/02/2010 11:39 AM  

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