Theleekit is a vegetable that can be grown in any season: there are summer, winter and autumn varieties.
Theleekunlike garlic, onion and shallot, it has a delicate and almost sweet flavor. The false stem, at the time of collection, has a variable length from 15 to 40 cm and a diameter from 2 to 5 cm. The plant, as a whole, reaches 70 cm in length.
When to grow leek
As anticipated, there are varieties for each period.
Leek - Winter varieties
Among the winter varieties we recommend theGiantorLong, perfect for the small vegetable garden. They are sown from April to mid-June, in the open ground. They are transplanted from mid-June to the end of August and harvested from November to the end of March.
Leek - Autumn varieties
They are sown from February to mid-March, in a protected environment in the North, while in the South, sowing can also take place in the open ground (with a temperature of 16 ° C). Those who sow from March to mid-April can do it in the open field. The transplant takes place from mid-April to the end of June and can be harvested until the beginning of October.
Leek - Summer variety
With the sowing from December to February, the summer varieties begin to be cultivated, which will be transplanted from March to mid-May and are harvested, based on the transplant, from May to the end of August.
How to grow leek
To better prepare the soil for the cultivation of leeks, at the time of digging (carried out a few months before transplanting), well-mature manure or compost must be buried at a rate of 3-4 kg per square meter. It is advisable to arrange the soil in raised beds of 10-20 cm.
At the time of planting, the leeks will be placed 25 to 50 cm away from each other. Forgrow leekit is advisable to choose the flower beds that in the previous season have hosted crops of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers or courgettes, these are crops that leave in the soil a residual fertility very useful for the development of the leek.
From planting to harvest, manual weeding of weeds must be carried out several times.
Those who start cultivation from the seed, in addition to respecting the periods indicated above depending on the variety chosen, will have to wait until the plant has developed at least 3-5 leaves reaching a height of about 15 cm.
How to cure leek
For the cultivation of leeks, in addition to the fertilization carried out at the time of preliminary digging, it is advisable to enrich the soil, during cultivation, with organic fertilizer such as "dried ox blood" and products of animal origin containing meat. This type of fertilization is recommended 2-3 times in the first two months after transplanting.
Since the leek tends to develop vertically, it can be easily surrounded by weeds that tend to suffocate it, for this reason it is advisable to provide periodic hoeing or to resort to the method of mulch.