I’ve been waiting for this. The new start. Another gardening year begins. Turns out leeks and onions need a good, long, head start in life, and the packs of seed suggest seeding in flats 2+ months before the last day of frost. Here, depending on the source, is about May 7. That, by my accounts, makes me late. And I hate being late.
Sowing leeks and onions is pretty darned easy, made easy by the fact that when you go to transplant them, you literally can pull the crowded little guys apart and they don’t seem to mind too much. Many plants wouldn’t take so kindly to crowding. So sow in flats, they germinate in about a week, and keep them trimmed to 4″ or so until it’s time to put them out. Not rocket science. Unless you include ‘planning ahead’ akin to rocket science – which may actually not be that far off.
This year, 4 varieties of leek: Giant Mussleburgh, King Richard, Pandora, and Lincoln. 5 varieties of late season onion: Copra, Red Long of Tropea, Patterson, Norstar, and saffron shallots.
Any guesses on another veg needing a ridiculously early start? No? Celery and it’s brother celeriac. It’s true. I grew Tango celery for the first time in 2010, and will forever grow it for the opportunity to have fresh, vibrant celery flavor available from early summer through nearly Christmas.
The final items sown were some cells of arugula [I've saved seed since '09] and mild mesclun. Afterward, I went to my 2010 garden notes [because I do things like that], and noticed that last year I seeded these on March 10. Apparently I’m predictable.