I planted out leeks and onions yesterday in the allium bed. I’ve got 48 planted, with more starts to plant in the hoophouse. This year I am trying Bleu de Solaize, which are supposedly more winter hardy than some varieties, and have a rich, leeky flavor.
Dan helped me convert this bed into a raised bed last week. I prepared the bed for planting with one last thorough weeding as I’ve found slow-growing leeks don’t compete well with weeds. I worked in some cottonseed meal 6-2-1 slow release organic fertilizer, higher in nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium as my soil test results showed I have adequate levels of potassium and too much phosphorus. I would have used kelp meal 1-0-2, but the two places I looked were both out, so instead will top dress over the summer with it.
To plant, I made a 4″ deep hole with a rake handle, and dropped the leek into the hole Yesterday morning I drenched the seedlings with Neptune’s Harvest liquid fish 2-4-1 fertilizer. Before planting, I trimmed the leaves to about 6″, and the roots to about 1″ on each leek. I then watered well, and will leave the holes to gradually fill in over the summer as it rains. I was glad to get this down Friday evening, as this morning we have a gentle rain falling and overcast skies predicted for the day. Today I need to start another round of warm weather seeds — cukes, melons, squash, which I will transplant in about 3 weeks or so, weather permitting. I just love spring!