I pulled a single leek today to see how the “new” leek scheme for 2012 worked. I really wanted to maximize the usable yield so I decided to put up with the early hassles of this method. (And it was a hassle for sure.)
As a refresher, here is the short version of the scheme:
- Start seeds in vermiculite
- Transplant (deeply) to soil mix
- Transplant (deeply again) to garden bed
- Hill up later to increase blanched portion
- Harvest all winter anytime after first freeze
I started the seeds in mid March then transplanted them (step 2) on April 10:
In June, I transplanted them to the beds (step 3) as deeply as I could. The squirrel-guarded transplants on June 3:
Sometime in August I added the second level to the bed and hilled (step 4). I hilled again with shredded leaf compost in September and by Oct 7 they were getting some growth on:
By Nov 10 they were fattening up as I had hoped:
Now that we’ve had some lows in the 20s I couldn’t resist pulling a sample specimen from a corner of one bed ( by chance it turned out to be the one next to the tape in the Nov 10 pic above).
1 1/2″ thick and sweet blanched portion runs approximately 9″ up from the roots. (yes I measured it.)
The Leek Geek says:
This IS the way to grow leeks in Georgia.