Let the spring garden begin!
Yesterday I kicked off the spring garden season by planting allium seedlings. I started these several weeks ago and they were more than ready to go. I trimmed the tops, some of which were close to six inches, and got down to business.
I have planted purchased onion seedlings in the past and have always been particularly charmed by them. Each is a tiny replica of the mature plant complete with tiny green shoots, a miniature bulb and long wiry roots. They would be at home in some diminutive bowl on a miniature kitchen table in a dollhouse.
This appeal probably explains my inability to discard even one seedling. This is usually not a problem but the King Sieg leek germination must surely have been 100%. And each and every one is now in the ground. The allotted space was not big enough to accommodate all the seedlings so I planted them at a 2 inch spacing. Barbara Damrosch, in her classic The Garden Primer, recommends this planting because it allows early harvest of the younger leeks, giving the correct spacing for the mature plants. But I bet I will still be pulling leeks this time next year! I should probably start searching for leek recipes now.