I like to take some time and think ahead of what I want to eat and when I want it. Take leeks as an example. I grow three different varieties that mature at different times-one finishes in 90 days, another 110, and the last one in 120 days. You can't direct seed leeks in February in Utah-they wont make it. When you do direct seed leeks in the garden, you have to "hill" them as they get longer. The reason for this is the most coveted section of the leek-the white shank. If you don't hill them you'll end up with just a small section of white. I don't have time for that so I start them inside and then place them in the garden in small holes that are 8-9 inches deep. In this way we're able to get a solid section of white that's just delicious. The variety pictured here is Megaton and it matures in 90 days. That means they'll be finished by early to mid April-perfect for me and my customers. Think ahead to crops that take a long time to mature and start to plant some of them inside. It's just a timing thing for me.
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