Leek Primor - Renee's Garden
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French Baby Leeks
|Plant In||Sun/Shade||Planting Depth||Space Seeds||Days to Germinate||Days to Harvest|
|Feb.-April July-Aug.||Full Sun||1/2 in.||1 in.||14 - 21 days||Approx. 110|
BEST TO START INDOORS
Sow seeds 1 in. apart in a container of seed starting mix, cover 1/2 in. deep, and firm soil over seeds. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant out. Seedlings germinate sporadically over 2 to 3 weeks and grow slowly at first. Once seedlings are 3 to 4 in. tall, transplant 4 to 6 in. apart into well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. To get long-shanked leeks, plant seedlings down deep into the soil, so tips stick up 1 in. above ground level.
TO START OUTDOORS
Sow seeds in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Space seeds 1 in. apart in rows 8 to 10 in. apart, or broadcast thinly for bed planting. Cover 1/2 in. deep and firm soil well over seeds; keep soil moist to ensure good germination. Thin as above.
Plant leeks in early spring and again in midsummer for fall and winter use. Long-growing leeks need a rich fertile soil, so add lots of compost or aged manure before planting, and fertilize several times over the growing season. Weed leeks carefully when young, and mulch to conserve soil moisture.
HARVEST AND USE
Harvest as slim babies to steam whole or quickly grill. Let some leeks mature to full size and dig as needed with a garden fork. Mature leeks store well in the ground during the winter months. Use in cooking like sweet onions, or as a tasty vegetable side dish.