Further information: Leek Plants
Where to grow? - Leek plants are not very fussy about the type of soil as long as it is fertile and well drained. They do appreciate a nice sunny spot.
How to grow? - When planting in early summer gently drop the leek plant into a prepared hole and then fill the hole with water. Do not fill with soil. Regular watering will gradually fill the hole with soil to cover the roots.
Keep the leek plants weed free. It is the white part of the stem that is eaten so to encourage this to lengthen gently earth the stems up with soil, taking care not to allow any soil to get between the leaves.
When to Harvest? - Leeks do not store well so only lift what you want for immediate use. Leek plants are happy to remain in the ground over winter until needed. Lift using a fork or spade as pulling may cause the stem to break.
How to eat? - Take care when preparing your leeks to make sure they are not gritty. To do this cut off the top of the leaves and remove some of the coarse outer leaves. With a sharp knife then split part way down the stem and stand upside down in a bowl of water for about an hour. Then rinse under a cold tap.
Leeks work wonderfully well in soup and are a key ingredient in Scotland’s delicious Cock-a-Leekie. A great vegetarian alternative being leek and potato soup made with veggie stock. Leeks also work well with cheese - cheese and leek crumble makes a very tasty supper.