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Old 05-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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The leeks we planted last year, overwintered, sent up scapes to 5 feet! I harvested the leeks today.

I'm going to put in another batch now, overwinter them and harvest them in the spring. They did get a lot bigger leaving them in the ground that long.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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I love leeks!

Did you hear about the shoplifter who got arrested while stealing leeks?

(You saw this coming, right? He was prosecuted for taking a leek!) [rim shot!]

Hey BT, beat you to it!
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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Blissful--the only success I've had with leeks as been with the ones that have overwintered. I don't know why, but that seems to be how it works. I chop and lightly saute the excess, toss them in a zippie for the freezer, and use them in the winter for soups, etc.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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Greg--

CW--I've frozen mine raw. Usually I use them in a leek potato soup, somehow they taste best with potatoes.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #5
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I've used leeks to great advantage cooking them with chicken/pork/lamb, herbs and wine, then making a cream sauce by reducing the cooking liquid and combining with cream and an accent of mustard.

I'm currently working on a (secret, hush hush) Chinese recipe where I replace the commonly used onions with leeks.

It will be interesting to post/discuss leek recipes.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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The leeks we planted last year, overwintered, sent up scapes to 5 feet! I harvested the leeks today.

I'm going to put in another batch now, overwinter them and harvest them in the spring. They did get a lot bigger leaving them in the ground that long.
My leeks also over wintered and have sent up scapes as well. I have harvested some and need to get the rest out before the seed pods open. I also plan to put more in to over winter.

I plan to freeze some, I use them in soups and sauces and sometimes roast them.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:32 AM   #7
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I've been wondering about this because last week a friend gave me a bunch of "baby" leeks, root on. I think she meant for me us just use them to cook, but I asked her if I could trim them and plant them (they were very fresh). Yes. So that's what I did. So I'm hoping!!!!!
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:40 AM   #8
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Last year, I wanted to know if I could overwinter those leeks and I asked in a gardening forum, but no one knew.

From what I read, leeks can be harvested in the fall and some varieties can be overwintered. I just covered them in straw--about 6 inch deep. I don't even know what variety I have.

Leeks are from the allium family--like onions and garlic.

All the sources I read said to mound up the dirt around the base as they are growing so that the bottom will have a longer portion near the root that isn't hit by the sun, stays white, and stays tender. I mounded up the straw around the bases to extend the white tender section. I'm going to put more effort into getting them mounded up with dirt in the fall before I cover with straw. I bet I could get more edible leek that way.

Claire, I bet they grow.
Looking forward to recipes for leeks.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:14 AM   #9
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I just planted two types of leeks in my garden. I never knew they could be over wintered. We get some really cold times here in MI so I've always pulled everything for freezing or juicing. How much mulch should I apply and when do I apply?
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meow, I'd mound the dirt around the bases and put on 6-8 inches of mulch around and on them, at the first frost, at least that is my plan for this year.
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