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All About Leeks

CAN I GROW LEEKS?


Leeks prefer deep, rich soil in full sun. Start seeds 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost in spring. Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after danger of heavy frost has passed.

Set the plants 4 to 6 inches apart in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches apart.  When the plants are the size of a pencil begin to mound soil around the base of the plants. Repeat this procedure every few weeks, the below ground stalks will be creamy white and long.
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PLANT HISTORY


Leeks are closely related to onions but have a sweeter, creamier, more delicate flavor. They are prized by cooks as a flavoring for dishes of all types. They can also be used to make a tasty soup, and are served cooked as a side dish. They take a long time to mature and are usually harvested as a late summer / early fall crop. They tolerate frost and can be left in the ground all winter, even in areas with cold winters. They are very easy to grow.
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HARVEST TIPS


Leeks are ready to harvest when the base of the stalks is 1 inch to 2 inches in diameter. Gently twist the stalks back and forth to loosen them and ease them out of the ground. Cut off the roots and all but 2 inches of the leaves.
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RECIPES & STORAGE


Use leeks to make a hot or cold soup, as a flavoring for meat and vegetable dishes, or pureed and served as a side dish or as a stuffing for tomatoes. They can be braised or served cold with a vinaigrette dressing.
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