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Leek Geek

December 2, 2012

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:

  1. Start seeds in vermiculite
  2. Transplant (deeply) to soil mix
  3. Transplant (deeply again) to garden bed
  4. Hill up later to increase blanched portion
  5. 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).

Wow.

1 1/2″ thick and sweet blanched portion runs approximately 9″ up from the roots. (yes I measured it.)

Dec 2

The Leek Geek says:

This IS the way to grow leeks in Georgia.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2012 10:53 pm

    Great, now I know how to grow leeks in Georgia. Any tips for Sydney? I’ve tried a couple of times and end up with something approximating sickly chives. I just don’t have the knack for growing anything in the onion family (including chives). I try to tell myself it’s the climate, but I know that’s bullocks. I’ll keep trying, but if it takes as many transplantings as you did here, I will never master the lowly leek.

  2. December 12, 2012 10:42 am

    Love the leeks… I hope they’ll do well in NM, too. I had to laugh when I saw the photo of your paring knife and leek side by side. Says I, “That’s the exact same paring knife that I like best!” (Zwilling, right?)

    LC.

    • December 12, 2012 10:55 am

      Good eye. 4 Star. The one the same size with a “hooked” or concavely curved blade is quite useful too.

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