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Post  johnp 4/2/2016, 9:49 am

This year I would like to try something (anything) different this year for my leeks. I never get the long whites like you see in the store. I have seen the video of how to plant but MM fills the holes when I water. Has anybody wrapped them in something or any other suggestions?
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Post  camprn 4/2/2016, 1:27 pm

My suggestion is make the mix compost heavy so it isn't as likel6 to fill the hole in so quickly. Alternatively you can progressively fill in the box with mix as the leeks grow .

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Post  johnp 4/2/2016, 1:49 pm

So kind of like potatoes, plant in shallow area and add MM as they grow. could do that, thanks camprn.
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Post  yolos 4/2/2016, 2:36 pm

I tried planting every other leek inside a toilet paper roll sticking up.  When I harvest them I will see if there is any difference.  I planted them in the fall, by the time they started to really grow this spring, the lip of the toilet paper rolls had caved in so I don't know if it will do any good.
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Post  camprn 4/3/2016, 7:51 am

The other thing is to make sure the seedling are big enough, like in excess of 5", not including roots, and that you don't plant them too deeply when transplanting. The roots need plenty of room of several inches. I have success with my leeks with the denser mix and plant them in a box with 12" sides.

I just ate the last of my fresh leeks that I harvested in November.

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Post  johnp 4/3/2016, 8:39 am

I thought about TP rolls also. I hae two paper towel rolls that I might cut up and see how the two methods compare.
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Post  yolos 4/3/2016, 9:51 am

camprn wrote:I just ate the last of my fresh leeks that I harvested in November.
You were able to have fresh leeks after harvesting them in Nov.  Wow.  What is your secret to keeping them fresh.  Just putting them in the frig.??
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Post  camprn 4/3/2016, 12:22 pm

yolos wrote:
camprn wrote:I just ate the last of my fresh leeks that I harvested in November.
You were able to have fresh leeks after harvesting them in Nov.  Wow.  What is your secret to keeping them fresh.  Just putting them in the frig.??
I lifted the leeks including the roots, and kept them in a bucket with water at the roots, in a cool place.

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Post  johnp 4/4/2016, 8:22 am

I will try that this fall. Sounds like a great way to keep them if they don't rot.
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Post  mschaef 4/4/2016, 8:15 pm

Thanks for all the information. I recently added leeks to our taste palettes and I'm a big fan. Will be adding them to the list of things to grow in the near future. leeks again 3170584802
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 4/27/2016, 6:15 pm

Last year I grew my leeks in an old-style SFG bed. In mid-July I bought transplants of Megaton (which I keep mis-spelling as Megatron... Laughing )  I made a depression, planted them in it, and as they grew I slowly filled the depression with compost, then starting mounding the compost, and then started heaping mulched leaves on top of that. I harvested two of them yesterday because they were in the way of this year's plans. They are about 18" long. 
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Post  donnainzone5 9/19/2017, 12:17 pm

I've been sprouting a store-bought leek, but I can't decide whether to transplant it into a top hat outdoors, or try to grow it inside over the winter.

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