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Leeks in Your Hat

 On St. David’s day, put leeks in your hat.

March 1 commemorates the patron saint of Wales, St. David, who was born in the 6th century at Henfynw, Cardigan.

His symbol is the leek, which is said to have protected him in combat and was worn by his countrymen to distinguish themselves from their Saxon enemies during battle.

Growing Leeks

In honor of St. David, plant a bulb of aromatic leek.
• Start leek seeds indoors 12 weeks before the last frost. See your frost dates.
• Plant the seedlings as soon as the ground can be worked.
• Dig a trench 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide. Fill the bottom with a 5-inch layer of compost and transplant seedlings into holes 6 inches apart.
• As leeks grow, gradually fill in the trench with more soil, keeping the tips of the plants exposed.

Leeks Recipes

Here are some recipes for leek dishes that will warm the cockles of the coldest heart.

Cream of Leek and Vermicelli Soup

Risotto with Shrimp and Leek

Leek and Herb Quiche


Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.

–William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

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At this time, many school children are on winter vacation. Did you know that we have a kids’ Web site, Here are some fun activities (which you may enjoy, too!):

• Do you still have snow? Print out this page of Animal Tracks and go exploring.

• In a recent newsletter, we discussed how to make greeting cards. How about book covers, wrapping paper, and great murals? See how to create potato art.

• Try to predict the weather! Look at clouds and see if you can identify them. Go to our Cloud page!

• Looking for some indoor time? Put together a jigsaw puzzle right on your computer screen! See the Puzzle Page.

See our Almanac for Kids Activity Guide for many more ideas, in subjects from astronomy to weather.