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How to plant leek in the garden

Leek or leek has gained a reputation as a kind of “gourmet onion” and that is why it is one of the most popular vegetables for lovers of “Nouvelle Cuisine”. Leek or leek is also known as leek and is a vegetable that, like onions and other types of garlic, belongs to the Alliaceae family. Learn how to plant leek in the garden and always have one of the freshest and tastiest vegetables that a vegetable garden can offer.

How to prepare the soil for growing leek

For leeks to grow properly and naturally, they must be grown in moist, well-drained soil. Like lemons , leek needs to be strategically placed in the garden, as it needs a lot of sunlight to complete its growth. In order to better prepare the place where you will grow leeks you should, in a timely manner, fertilize the land with compost or organic fertilizer, in order to improve its moisture retention capacity and prevent the appearance of weeds. This initial soil preparation is essential to stimulate the growth of leeks in their preparatory phase. Subsequently, as they mature, the soil may become drier, which is ideal for their growth.

Best time to plant leeks

Leek is an annual crop that is very demanding in terms of light, adapts to temperatures between 5 and 35 degrees centigrade, with an ideal planting temperature of 15 to 35 degrees. Planting leeks is a practice that can be carried out over two distinct periods. Are they:

  1. In Spring: from March to April. This is the ideal period for planting leek for everyone living in the Northern Hemisphere.
  2. In autumn: in the months of September and October. This is the preferred time for growing leek for everyone living in the Southern Hemisphere.

How to plant leeks

For the planting and cultivation of leek, the following aspects must comply with maximum precision and effectiveness:

Open shallow ditches in your garden: you must open shallow ditches in your garden and place leek seeds in them. The number of ditches to be used is up to you, as this depends on your needs and the space you have free.

Place the seeds on the ground: The seeds must be placed one centimeter inside the soil and must be spaced between them at a distance of 2.5 centimeters. After you have placed the seed in the soil, cover it with soil and water it if you feel that the soil is very dry.

Plant rows that are not less than 30 centimeters apart: During a period of 4 or 5 weeks you will notice great differences in your planting, since each seed will have approximately three leaves. This is the best time to place the seeds at a distance of 30 centimeters between them, so that their growth is natural, free and healthy.

Water frequently: Before the harvest period arrives, the soil should be watered regularly, but in small quantities. On the other hand, if leek is grown in a pot or tray, it is necessary to water the plant more often, as the vegetable undergoes greater dehydration, especially in summer.

When harvesting leek

Harvesting leeks takes an average of about 80 days after planting. However, you can start harvesting as soon as the vegetable reaches the size of a pencil. Some people prefer to do this when the leeks are still tender, as they are said to be more appetizing than when they are ripe.

Leeks also have the particularity of keeping themselves in an excellent state of conservation inside the land and this is a huge advantage for everyone, in that it allows their harvest to be made only when necessary, always keeping its freshness intact.

However, you should be aware that the harvesting of leek must always be carried out before the frost period, in order to enjoy all its main nutrients and flavors.    

Enjoy growing leek

All gardeners are surprised to find that planting and growing leek is much easier to do than growing onions. Leeks are more resistant than onions and can survive more severe winters without showing any adverse effect.

Leek is undoubtedly a delicious accompaniment in the preparation of the most varied stews and stews and can also be enjoyed in soups and salads, as it combines very well with tomatoes and cucumbers . This is a vegetable that has a good source of potassium, calcium and phosphorus, it is very rich in vitamin B, C and E; and has low calorie levels.

When planting leeks in your vegetable garden , you will be purchasing a vegetable that alone has a very high market price and, at the same time, you will benefit from an exclusive, delicious and nutrient-rich food for your meals.

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