From twelve little ‘leeklets’ planted two years ago, I now grow our year-worth supply of leek for our family.
Unlike annual leek that are slow growing, grown from seeds and intolerant of subtropical heat, perennial leek grows a bit smaller and thinner, with more green than white part, and they remain unfazed by our summer heat.
I planted them in rich moist soil, enriched with mushroom compost and worm wee.
To harvest, pull one fat leek out of the ground, cut one to two inches above the root line, trim the roots and plant that back into the ground. Sure enough, it will give you another leek in a few months and many leeklets too.
Another way to propagate them is by carefully separating the small leeklets that grow out from the ‘mother’ leek. Make sure it comes with some roots and plant that in the garden.
Find me at Music in the Park / Dooralong Produce Swap to know more about this plant, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want some leeklets to plant in your garden ($4 for two leeklets).
Happy Spring gardening!
Previously published in The Rural Grapevine Oct 2016
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