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Post  camprn on 3/24/2014, 9:25 pm

@yolos wrote:Why do you trim them and also some of you have said to trim the onions.  Why
When you trim or pinch the outermost growing tip of most plants, this will force the plant to make new growth. It isn't really required for onions or leeks.
Trimming foliage of leek seedlings at transplanting time reduces water requirements after transplantation, until the roots start growing into the garden bed.

I trim the roots of the leek seedlings at transplant to about 1.25 inches long.
I transplant my leeks the same as the man in the video above.

http://www.nsalg.org.uk/crop/leeks/

Leeks are  in the allium family as are onions.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/24/2014, 10:21 pm

I only trim *hair cuts* leeks and onions that I start from seed and plan on transplanting them....If I don't trim them, by the time its time to transplant them....they would be all wild, tall, bent over and thin.....trimming them keeps them neat and tidy and it helps to thicken and strengthen them.

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Post  sanderson on 3/24/2014, 10:33 pm

Opps, so don't trim them when they are direct sown in their growing place?  Embarassed  I just keep learning.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/25/2014, 2:14 am

I should have clarified a bit more.....

From what I have read Leeks started from seed always get transplanted

Onions on the other hand, can be direct sown.....most of the time we start ours early and then transplant them....

now there is an exception that I have run into....a leek that says you can direct sow it....it does not have to be transplanted....I don't have the name handy...but it was the first time I have come across a leek that can be direct sown....

I only trim my direct sown green onions if they seem to be flimsy, bent over and then.....other wise I just let them be.....

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Post  sanderson on 3/25/2014, 2:43 am

FG, thank you for your explanation.

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Post  boffer on 3/25/2014, 1:27 pm

@FamilyGardening wrote:...now there is an exception that I have run into....a leek that says you can direct sow it....it does not have to be transplanted....I don't have the name handy...but it was the first time I have come across a leek that can be direct sown....

I direct seeded leeks in January. They are Large American Flag from Ed Hume. The package instructions say to stagger plant every 6 weeks or so.


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Post  camprn on 3/25/2014, 2:48 pm

The trouble with direct sowing leeks is the required hilling that follows.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/25/2014, 3:49 pm

Thanks, Camp.  I didn't know about the hilling of leeks.

Last year, I direct-sowed a few seeds, and two survived the winter with pine straw mulch in place.

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Post  boffer on 3/25/2014, 3:56 pm

Does hilling change the flavor or just the color?  Maybe I could hill them with...wood chips.   Wink

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/25/2014, 4:28 pm

@boffer wrote:Does hilling change the flavor or just the color?  Maybe I could hill them with...wood chips.   Wink
What a great idea!  It's not like they grow roots up the sides to take in nutrients. Can't wait for the answer.  You could always experiment with different hills, too.

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Post  camprn on 3/25/2014, 4:33 pm

The edible portion of the leek plant is blanched portion near the roots which is about 4-6 inches long. This is the portion that needs to be underground. If you watch the video above you will see the gardener using a dibber, this is what allows the plant to be placed deep into the bed and avoid hilling throughout the summer.

There is really no need to experiment, unless you really want to work harder all season.


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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/25/2014, 4:59 pm

My favorite halibut recipe features leeks.  And I've always used the green parts as well as the white.  I'm still alive!  


Still, it may be that hilling them enhances growth of the white parts.

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Post  camprn on 3/25/2014, 5:13 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:My favorite halibut recipe features leeks.  And I've always used the green parts as well as the white.  I'm still alive!  


Still, it may be that hilling them enhances growth of the white parts.
Donna, it's not that the green leek leaf is toxic or anything. The leaf is tough and fiberous.

The white is that way because of lack of sunlight and no photosynthesis.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/26/2014, 12:07 am

@boffer wrote:
@FamilyGardening wrote:...now there is an exception that I have run into....a leek that says you can direct sow it....it does not have to be transplanted....I don't have the name handy...but it was the first time I have come across a leek that can be direct sown....

I direct seeded leeks in January.  They are Large American Flag from Ed Hume.  The package instructions say to stagger plant every 6 weeks or so.


man.....I just keep on learning......I have grown the Lg American flag from Ed humes (love Ed Humes seeds) for the last few years and did not know that I didn't have to transplant them....I thought if you didn't transplant and just direct sown the seed you would end up with dirt thru out the layers of the leek.....

well now....it sure would save a LOT of work to direct sow, and then just hill them to blanch  cheers ...and here I was so excited to find a different  leek that said...just direct sow...ha ha ha....I need to re-read the backs of Ed Humes seed package.. study 

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Post  johnp on 6/30/2014, 8:53 am

I just looked through the search area I could not fine an answer. Can you use leeks any time or do you need to wait until the end of the season? We would like to use some from time to time but I didn't know if they will work.

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Post  camprn on 6/30/2014, 9:02 am

Leeks can be eaten at any time

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Post  johnp on 6/30/2014, 9:25 am

Thanks

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/1/2014, 2:48 am

not sure if you know this or not but if you hill up around the bottom of the leeks as they grow you will have more of the white portion of the leek to eat....the green part is tuff unlike a green onion......not sure if you knew that or not....

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Post  camprn on 7/1/2014, 7:21 am

That's a good reminder Rose. I just merged the ' Another leek question' with this older thread. At the top of page 2 there is a video about how to transplant leeks.

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Post  johnp on 7/1/2014, 8:52 am

Thanks Rose for the info. My problem is the MM. When I tried to hill up the leeks everything is fine until I water, then all the hills go away. I haven't figured out how to keep the hills, hilly. Rolling Eyes

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Post  camprn on 7/1/2014, 11:03 am

John,did you see the video on page 2 of this thread?

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Post  johnp on 7/1/2014, 2:16 pm

I saw it but didn't watch it. I go back and look at it, thanks.

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Post  Yardslave on 7/1/2014, 6:13 pm

I didn't bother hilling over my leeks, and they grew fine; they did have green, fibrous leaves. I planted so many I don't care about the white to green ratio. I have been toying with the idea of just taking a 6" piece of 2" foam pipe insulation and using that instead of hilling- I hate all the dirt I have to rinse off just to get grit-free chunks of leek. I've used pipe insulation on young fruit trees to keep them from suffering sunburned bark, so I figure the insulation may be an adequate sun block to keep the stalks blanched. As for all the green leaves, I just use them as veggie stalk for soups.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/21/2015, 12:10 pm

Yardslave, did the sleeve work on the leeks last year?

Does anyone know...is a 6" box of MM adequate or do we need more height so the roots will go down after planting in the 6" hole?

My leeks today:

Are 15 or so enough for a leeky newbie?
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Post  camprn on 3/21/2015, 5:34 pm

A deeper box is much better.

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