Growing Leeks

Latest Update 27th August 2017.

Leeks
  • The leaves make a fine addition to soups and casseroles etc, and I like nicely blanched leek stems steamed with a little seasoning as an accompaniment to fish dishes.
  • Leeks are best cooked as soon as they are harvested.  They are slow growing and can be harvested as required over a few weeks.
  • They are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.
Details.
  • Variety:                                                    King Richard.
  • Family group:                                           Allioideae.
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Light Feeders.
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.
  • Minimum sun per day:                              4 hours.
  • Plant spacings                                           250 mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     15-18 weeks.
  • Good companions:                                   Carrot.
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  
  • It is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, folate, iron and magnesium, and a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. 
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
Maintaining Ecobed Productivity.
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagating Seedlings.
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan. 
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • Multi-sow 24 leek seeds in clusters of 4 seeds in a 30 cell seed tray in an EcoPropagator.  When the 6 clusters are established but still small, plant them out in the prepared bed . 
  • Water them in with dilute seaweed extract in rainwater (suppliers dilution rate).
Harvest and Storage
  • Harvest leeks when they are big enough to use in the kitchen and use them while they are still fresh.
  • Twist the largest leeks from the clusters when harvesting, and continue this way until they are finished.
  • Twisting them leaves most of their roots in the soil so the remaining leeks are not disturbed too much.
Organic Pest Control.
  • Leeks, like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my garden.  My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them.  For details click on the appropriate link below.
  • Slugs and snails.
  • Aphids (blackfly).