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.
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.
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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