Leek whites are particularly popular with many consumers of this commonly grown garden vegetable. Perhaps you are having difficulty harvesting leek whites of a good size. In order to ensure that this coveted part of the plant gets the best possible development, it is important to ensure that certain rules are followed.
Setting up leeks
When you want to grow leeks in your vegetable garden, you can use different methods. You can sow seedlings or buy plants directly from a garden centre. To obtain leek plants from your own seedlings, however, you need to be patient, as it takes two months before you can transplant them. In this case, it may be advisable to follow a sowing schedule. The advantage of this method, however, is that there is a much wider choice of species.
If the leek plants are in the same container, it is best to soak the whole plant so that it can be separated from each other without too much effort. Next, the leeks are "dressed" by removing part of the root system up to 2 cm and half the foliage.
You will then have small leek plants that will be easier to plant out. In addition, the reduction of the root system will encourage the appearance of rootlets, which will allow the leek plants to root more effectively in the soil. Transplanting leeks is done by making holes with an appropriate tool, and the small leeks must be watered before planting. Of course, don't forget to provide some compost.
Methods to promote the growth of white leeks
Once the leeks are ready to be put in the ground, you can prepare their location in the garden with a rake. Simply dig a line about 10 to 15 cm deep, and then place the plants in it at a distance of 10 cm. The leeks themselves should be planted at a depth of about 6 cm. As the leeks grow, the soil is gradually brought in around them. By doing so, a large part of the plant will be encouraged to turn white under the soil, which is the result of the suppressed light exposure. At the same time, it will be beneficial to avoid leaving the soil bare by mulching according to permaculture principles, so that the soil retains moisture.
This will also make it much more difficult for unwanted weeds to grow. Regular application of nettle manure will also be much appreciated by the leek plants, and their development will be better. After a few weeks, the leeks can finally be ridged. In short, the application of all these steps will maximize the chances of obtaining a leek white of appreciable length.