Thought to be native to the Mediterranean region, leeks are an Allium vegetable that marries exceptionally well with potatoes. Simple to grow and high in vitamins, leeks make a great garden crop, especially considering their often higher price tag at the grocery store.
They can be used as a milder substitute for onions in both raw or cooked preparations. Their high fiber content can help support a healthy digestive system and the vitamin K they provide contributes to healthy blood and bones.
Growing leeks in GardenSoxx® | Plant Family: Alliaceae
Nutritional Information For Leek
Nutritional Facts - per 100/g
|Nutrient||Amount||% Daily Value|
|Total Fat||0.3 g||-|
|Dietary Fiber||1.8 g||-|
How to Grow Leek in Your GardenSoxx®
Leeks can be started from seed indoors for an early spring transplanting. While they have a long growing season, they tolerate cooler temperatures and can grow well into the fall. They grow fairly well in a tight space and only need about 3 inches of space between each seedling.
Leeks Seed to Harvest Time: Approximately 120 days
How to Harvest Leek
Harvest leeks when they are about 1 inch in diameter by simply pulling them up out of the soil and shaking off the dirt from their fibrous root system. Pull back 1 or two layers of the outermost leaves to clean off the leek and cut the roots down to about ¼ inch. The dark green tops can also be trimmed back for easier storage. Leeks can be stored in the fridge for about a week, or chopped up and either frozen or dehydrated for longer-term storage.