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Tip of the Week

Leeks are a wonderful addition to the fall garden. They are not dependent on day-length like onions and can withstand some cold temperatures (down to 20°F). Leeks do best in well-draining soils with a pH of around 6.5. Start with a trench or a hole about 6” deep and plant them 2-6” apart. Leeks send their leaves up exactly opposite one another, so position the plants so the leaves face into the rows. As the leeks grow, you can continue to fill in the trench and hill up with soil to get the sweet and tender white stems. You can harvest your leeks when they are about 1” thick. Keep your leeks well weeded as they do not do well with competition. If you live in an area with very harsh winters (ground freezes) it will be better to plant your leeks in the spring once the ground can be worked; mild winter climates can grow leeks over the winter.

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