Lots of Southerners grow greens like collars and kale–so why don’t more of us grow leeks?  All of these crops winter-over in my Wake County NC garden which makes them easy and super-rewarding.

Remember that cold, cold December we had?  It didn’t matter.  My October transplants of kale, cabbage, collards and leeks are great food right now, chocked full of flavor and vitamins.    I just harvested a batch for one of my famous greens pies.

But you have to plan ahead, especially for a leek crop.  Leek transplants are almost impossible to find in garden centers.  I always have to start my own.

Below is a recent photo of next spring’s leek crop growing  from seed on my dinning room table.

The variety is Lancelot because it winters over well.

I’ll transplant these seedlings to the garden in late summer or fall.   Next spring–fresh leeks–so much better than those woody things that show up at the grocery store.  And much, much cheaper too.  Leeks are pricey.

Don’t do seeds?  Here’s a short cut.  Next New Year look for bundles of “baby leeks” in the produce section of up-scale grocery stores.  Take them home, and plant like transplants  in your garden.  I had leeks galore using this method one year.  Give it a try.  You’ll be hooked on homegrown leeks like I am…