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The leek plant is a member of the onion and leek family. The leek plant is also known as the Allium ampeloprasum.We love leeks! This sweet cousin of the onion is a hardy, no fuss plant that is planted in winter or early spring and unbothered by frosts, hail, and storms. Learn more about how to grow sturdy leeks every step of the way: from sowing and transplanting to harvesting.Leeks grow best in soil rich in organic matter, in a sunny, open position. Leave enough space between plants for good airflow. Look out for varieties described as ‘rust resistant’, as this fungal disease can cause minor problems from summer onwards.
This allium likes to have about an inch of water per week once it’s established. When it’s young, it needs a bit more. While the leek doesn’t like soggy soil, keeping it consistently moist is ideal. Soaker hoses work great for this purpose. You can also mound around the base of the plant with either soil or with mulch. This will help to keep the soil around the roots from drying out too quickly.Leeks enjoy nitrogen-rich and lightly-packed soil that has lots of organic matter. Before planting, work compost through your soil to a depth of about 12″. If you plan on blanching the stalks naturally by starting them deeper, amend the soil to that 12″ depth beneath the lowest point you plan on planting. This ensures that they should have plenty of food to grow on!
Asparagus, Beetroot, Broad Bean, Broccoli Purple Sprouting, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (spring and summer), Cauliflower, Carrots, Courgettes, Cucumber - Ridge, French Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Planting onion sets, Onions from seed, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Rhubarb, Runner Beans, Shallots, Spinach, Squash, Swede, Sweetcorn, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes.Leek seeds will germinate in a very wide range of temperatures, from 7.5°C to 32°C (45°F to 90°F). The optimum for germination is a daytime temperature of about 21°C (70°F) and several degrees lower at night. Bear these temperatures in mind when choosing one of the three cultural methods below. When leeks have germinated they will sprout grass like growth above ground and from this stage onwards lower temperatures (within reason) will not greatly affect their growth. (Source: www.gardenfocused.co.uk)