Planting Leeks

A Helpful Guide To Planting Leeks

Planting leeks in your garden is a good way to save yourself a little money when you go to the grocery store since they are considerably more expensive than their onion cousins.  They are nutritious, flavorful and quite easy to digest.  In addition to these fabulous qualities, they are also incredibly easy to grow.

Planting

When planting leeks in your garden, you will need seeds, garden trowels, spade, compost makers, bypass pruners, fertilizer and mulch.

Once a month your plants should be given manure tea and once per week they need to be supplied with an inch or so of water.  As soon as your leaks are large enough to use, you can begin harvesting them.

Harvesting

The best part of planting leeks in your garden is when you actually get to harvest them.  The tender young ones are delicious eaten raw while the more mature ones are best used in cooking your favorite dishes.  You will know that your leeks are ready to harvest when their diameter reaches nearly two inches around.  Always measure them from the largest area of their stalk when you are trying to determine their diameter.

Using a garden fork, carefully remove the dirt away from the leek.  This is easiest done by placing the fork about four inches deep into the soil at an angle and drag it a bit.  Always be very cautious to not lift the leek up or cut the roots.

Gently pull on the leek stalks to remove them out of the ground.  If you are having difficulty, you probably need to loosen the soil a little bit more.  To remove the dirt, rinse the leeks with cool water.  They can be stored in zipper-sealed plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

 

Trimming Leeks

Considerations

Being related to the onion, leeks see similar problems.  They are very prone to pink root, which is a disease that turns the roots pink or red and also stunts their growth.  This problem is seen a lot more often with commercial growers rather than local gardeners but it doesn't hurt to buy leeks that are disease resistant and be sure to take the time to rotate your crops every year.