Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 27th August 2017.
leaves make a fine addition to soups and
casseroles etc, and I like nicely blanched leek stems steamed with a little
seasoning as an accompaniment to fish dishes.
Leeks are best cooked as soon as they are harvested. They are slow growing and can be harvested as required over a few weeks.
They are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Sow your leeks in punnets in an EcoPropagator, and when the seedlings are about 200mm tall, plant them in the prepared bed.
Use string lines to mark out rows 150 mm apart, and plant the seedlings at 150 mm intervals along each row.
a hole for each seedling about 100 mm deep with a dibber and plant the seedling so that about 1/2 of the
stem is visible above the surface.
Backfill with soil and water them in with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Apply fresh mulch around the leeks in spring as the weather warms up.
Harvest and Storage
If any of your leeks run to seed prematurely, nip off the seed heads as early as possible.
Harvest leeks when they are big enough to use in the kitchen.
Cut them off at ground level and leave the roots to decompose in the soil.
They don't store well so harvest them as required.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.