I had never grown Leeks until a few years ago.
It was my “try a new vegetable” in the garden.
I start them from seed, and they slowly sprout thin green sprigs.
I transplant them to the garden as soon as the frost danger is over.
Carefully water them to keep them from drying out before the roots can take hold.
When you tend them in the garden, gently bring the soil up onto the base of the Leeks. This will force more of the white portion of the Leek to grow taller.
Harvest and enjoy!
I would recommend Leek Soup!
I also sliced up the Leeks and dried it in the dehydrator.
Store in sealed jar and use for soups and stews all year long.

17 thoughts on “Leeks

  1. They look fantastic! What’s the growing days on these lovelies? I really enjoy Leek and Potato soup too. I once had a frittata that was leek and potato and it was relish as well. Thanks for the tip on the dirt around the crown, I’ll keep that in mind for sure.

    1. I start the seeds very early…early Feb for me here in Zone 4…slow to start and will grow all Summer long. You can harvest young Leeks but I tend to hold off till end of Summer.

      1. Wow, they do take some time but so gorgeous and tasty. Thank you for the info. We are zone 3 for the most part. The odd zone 4 plant might survive in the right spot.

    1. They have become a favorite of mine. I only grow a small row of these in one of the raised beds…they seem to go a long way!
      I start mine from seed, but the last few years I have seen them at the garden centers in starter packs also. πŸ™‚

  2. Leeks are a fantastic winter vegetable crop. Decorative looking in the garden and long regarded as a very healthy food in soups, braised or sauteed and a good garnish to baked vegetables. A leek is a terrific soil builder. Little roots fix nitrogen in the soil. They encourage probiotic bacteria for the uptake of micro-nutrients. Every healing garden needs a leek. If you are shy of starting seed, a flat is inexpensive. In almost any weather you can set leeks almost anywhere in the garden. – The Healing Garden gardener

  3. I love leeks! For some reason I’ve been timid about trying to grow them myself but might have to just dive in and see what happens…hopefully they don’t mind my climate too much.

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