Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Leeks are a member of the onion family, except they are longer and tube like rather than roundish, their flavor is milder and every part of a leek can be used; the tube for salads, soups or stews (like an onion) and the green can be used like chives.
Though you can grow them from seed, I find it easier to just but them started (the seeds are very small and the starters very delicate).
To get large long white tubes it's best to keep adding soil, straw -or in my case here, shavings, to keep allow the tube part to grow long and stay white.
Like potatoes, the more you mound as they grow, the more you get at the end of the season.