Leeks and Pollinators

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I love to have a day like today, when I stayed home and worked, mostly in the garden. I planted seeds in the greenhouse on Wednesday, and today I wanted to sow others directly into the planting boxes. But I hadn’t realized how little space is currently unused by other plants. So I decided to take out a few leeks to make room for carrots. gl IMG_3034

 

I haven’t been sure about those leeks, if they are growing properly, or are a complete loss. Maybe they didn’t get enough water and are spongy as well as spindly? So I pulled up a few of the largest, and discovered that they are perfectly fine. This was comforting; my fennel had indeed been almost a complete loss, because I let it go too long. And one doesn’t want to have that experience often, of using a chunk of precious space for several months with not much to show for it.

(So I made some Leek Confit this evening.)

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At one point in my back-and-forth around the garden, I stopped raking pine needles or preparing seed beds and just watched all of the insects that are incredibly busy feeding off the flowers. It’s  become the pollinator garden that I planned for, and there are many kinds of bees, wasps, flies, moths and butterflies to be seen working.

These two seemed to be taking a break from their job, to play tag on a zinnia.
After I took several pictures of them they escaped from my spying and continued their game on the underside of the flower.
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I also noticed a hummingbird at the Bachelor’s Buttons, when he made the branches shake, but he didn’t hang around very long after that. gl IMG_3042

The arugula seeds came up in only three days, in the warm and humid greenhouse, and in four days the hollyhocks began to emerge! This is a newborn hollyhock for you.

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While I was doing my work in the back, the landscapers were doing theirs out front.

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I was quite pleased to see how they made use of the clods of adobe clay to make a sort of wall by the drain that slopes down the grade and will carry off any extra water from heavy rains.

A lovely and restful day. Only my feet hurt. So I wrote this blog post instead of taking an evening walk.

Good night!

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Leeks and Pollinators

  1. Your garden is lovely! Gardens are a great comfort and a great challenge and a great interest and a great joy for those who tend them.

    Leeks! I love them! Yours look great. And now I’m hungry! Haven’t had breakfast yet and I think it’s time. Wish I had leeks to eat with my scrambled eggs.

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  2. It sounds like a perfect day to me! I have never grown leeks, but buy them to make chicken soup often. When I had a large garden, I used to plant fennel just for the butterflies.

    Can you garden year around there?

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    1. Yes, Sandy, we can. One or two years of my 26 in this town, we didn’t have a frost all winter. But the freezing mornings usually don’t get colder than the 20’s, and that not for long enough to damage most of the plants I have. So we can grow greens and peas through the winter, and many other things.

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  3. What a lovely day!!! Your yard looks wonderful. I love your positive attitude, heavy rains. I would love to have some heavy rains. 🙂

    I love the way the front is coming along.

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  4. We love leeks! I sauté slices of leeks in olive oil with just a bit of salt. We especially enjoy them served with Ahi Tuna steaks (seared over pan toasted black peppercorns, lots of them!)

    Not fond of cleaning them though – is there a technique for that?

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