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Botanical Name: Allium porrum
Common Name(s): Leeks
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
This vegetable is hardy enough to be left in the ground over winter.Its subtle onion flavour is invaluable for flavouring soups, stews, meat and egg dishes.
Botanical Pronunciation: AL-ee-um
Semi Frost Hardy
Common Pests and Diseases
Cutworm. Pink rot (a fungal disease that causes the white stem to become pink and soft before rotting away).
Harvest by digging plants out when stems are about 20mm in diameter.
This vegetable is hardy enough to be left in the ground over winter.
Interesting Planting Ideas
Plant near cabbages, caraway, carrots, celeriac, celery, lettuces and radishes.
Earth them up by covering the stem with soil every week, to obtain tall, white stems. Water regularly and feed every two weeks with liquid fertilizer.
Eastern Mediterranean region
Sow seeds in seed boxes or trays, covered with 10mm of soil. Transplant seedlings when they are 200mm tall.Plant leeks into well prepared beds by dropping seedlings into 150mm deep holes made with a dibber and fill with water, without firming the soil around the seedling. Seedlings will quickly start growing.
Water twice a week in winter and three times a week in summer.
They need particularly rich soil - compost and manure
The leek, is grown for its culinary utility.Its subtle onion flavor is invaluable for flavoring soups, stews, meat and egg dishes.
Medicinal uses - Ease sore throats, coughs, colds and chest ailments, and to improve the voice. this vegetable is packed with potassium, calcium, folic acid, vitamins A, C and K. It is cleansing, a natural diuretic and eliminates uric acid. It is also great for gout sufferers and those with rheumatism, stiffness, and aches and pains
Fifty plants should be enough for a family of four, sow every four weeks in season.