Leeks are one of my favourite vegetables to grow – not only are they stupidly easy (you can basically plant them and forget about them until they’re ready to harvest), but they are also a really beautiful plant. This Sunday morning, while most of my family was in back-to-back church services, I was covered in rain and dirt planting seedlings before the afternoon rain. There is a specific way to plant leeks that will maximize the edible white bulb at the end… here’s how:
- Poke several holes in the soil about the width of a broom handle… I actually used a broom handle to do this and it worked really well (I looked a little silly though). Since I’m growing beds of leeks, I spaced mind about 4-6″ apart in rows about 3′ wide.
- Gently tease the little leeks apart.
- Plunk one seedling into each hole so that the first notch is just at the soil surface.
- Gently water each seedling in. Do not fill the hole back in with dirt – this will happen gradually and allow the seedling space to grow.