A few months ago, I started growing green onions from kitchen scrap. It was so successful that I decided to explore the world of leeks. I also replanted a leek from a kitchen scrap, but at about 5$ a piece I decided to plant leeks from seeds. It turns out my seeded leeks aren’t doing so great, so once again I turned to the Internet for some insights on how to grow leeks.
Here’s what I found out:
- Leeks do better in the cold, but can grow in about any climate.
- They prefer sunny spots and need fertile soil along with plenty of water to thrive. (I should fertilize more…)
- Seedlings must be “hardened off” before being planted outdoors (here’s my misstep).
- Leeks can be planted 6-inch apart and can be used to fill-in empty spots in the garden.
- They should be grown in trenches and filled with soil as they grow – called “blanching the stem” (or simply filled with soil, creating mounts around them for the lazy gardener).
- Harvest as soon as they’re ready to ensure great taste.