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Your Questions About Leek Growing

September 10, 2012 10:26 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Sandy asks…

Growing leeks in a home garden?

I can’t find any leek starters at my local nursery and I was wondering if I could just buy a leek from my grocer and use that as a transplant.

Martin Boyle answers:

No the roots will be damaged, start from seeds

James asks…

What types of bugs eat leeks?

I am growing leeks in my garden, and there appears to be tiny, black bugs demolishing them. They are able to fly and look a bit like baby spiders. How can I get rid of them?

Martin Boyle answers:

About the only pests that will feed on leeks or onions are the larva of the onion fly, the lesser bulb fly and onion thrips, which suck the plant’s juices like an aphid. You can control them all with insecticide or insecticidal soapa.

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Your Questions About Leek Growing

August 22, 2012 2:39 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Susan asks…

how to grow leeks and how to build a leek trench?

Please tell me how to grow leeks and when they need to be planted. also can you tell me how to build a leek trench. thanks to all who answer

Martin Boyle answers:

There’s a few ways to build a trench either with bricks or wood, the simplest is use scaffolding boards and make a rectangle however long you want by 4 foot wide, its 4 foot wide so you can reach the middle from both sides without over stretching, just nail them together or screw them whichever you prefer
To grow leeks just put compost in a tray and empty the full contents of the packet of seeds you have onto the compost [spreading them everywhere] they’ll grow and look a bit like grass but that’s fine because when you come to planting them in your trench [raised beds] then use an old stick [broom handle] to pierce a hole in the soil and take one of the small grass looking leeks and let it slide into the hole then water the hole everyday until the hole has collapsed around the leek, then just water once a week
  You’d be better off starting to grow them in march and keep them covered if there outside until they start to grow however you can grow them all year round except winter

Lisa asks…

I have a leek, how can I grow more?

I bought leeks from the store and used one for soup. I took the bottom part of the leek i did not use and I shoved it in some soil in in a small empty pot I had outside. A few days later I looked at it and it was growing pretty good. So when this leek grows enough so I can eat it, How do I get more than one leek out of it?

Martin Boyle answers:

Leeks are a member of the onion family but easier to grow. Check out these sites and good luck.
Http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Ak2rBFw7C4PK5jmXU9O1WcWbvZx4?p=how+to+grow+leeks&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701-1

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Your Questions About Leek Growing

August 18, 2012 1:24 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Steven asks…

Why is the leek associated with Wales? Is it good leek growing country or is it in the welsh favourite dish?

Or something else?

Martin Boyle answers:

There was a battle against the English thousands of years ago which commenced in a leek field, Saint David the patron saint of wales ordered every welsh man to place a leek on them so that they could identify themselves different from the English so that’s what they did, Ever since the leek and the daffodil have been associated with Wales.

Thomas asks…

Onion and leek shares same genus, but what does it exactly mean?

why are they in the same genus? is it based on their genetic thing? Do onions and leek grow in the same environment?

Martin Boyle answers:

Well, it means they are similar, they are probably fairly genetically similar, they are probably fairly evolutionarily similar, they smell similar, they look similar, that’s why we’ve decided they’re related, and grouping them together helps us organize them. We could be wrong, and further analysis might reveal they are not as closely related as we think, but for now, keeping them in the same genus is helpful.

Here’s a helpful video that might help!

Enjoy.

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Your Questions About Harvesting Leeks

August 14, 2012 12:05 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Lisa asks…

LEEKS. When to pick?

1) I’ve grown 3 leeks for the first time. They look good and leeky. Someone said you should wait for frost before lifting them so I was waiting until November/December. However, 2 of them seem to be growing a bud thingy – like an unopened flower – and I’m wondering if they are going to seed. Help. Should I lift them now.
2) I’ve also got 3 little aubergines under plastic. Will they get bigger (South of England) or again, should I pick them now?

Martin Boyle answers:

Harvest leeks when they are large enough for your tastes. Do not let the bulbs get overly large. A good rule of thumb is to harvest when they are 1.7 – 2.5 cm (3/4 – 1″) in diameter. They usually are harvested before they send up their seed stalk. I personally like their flavor when on the smaller side. Some frost tolerant leeks actually taste better after a couple of frosts.

Here’s a good video on harvesting leeks.

Good luck.

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