Get More of the White From Your Leeks With a Leek Box

 

The most useful portion of a leek is the white part.  Tender and succulent, this portion of the plant develops below the soil surface.  When you see leeks in the store, this white part is seldom more than four inches long, but you can easily double that length with a simple box-like structure.  I bought two lengths of composite “wood” deck planking 8″ wide and sawed them into four pieces; two, three feet long and two, four feet long.  I then propped my four boards up with sticks, making a box around the plants.   These can be easily stored flat for the winter, since you don’t nail them together.

The dimensions can be adjusted to suit the space and the number of leeks you want to plant.

The dimensions can be adjusted to suit the space and the number of leeks you want to plant.

I had let one leek plant go to seed last year and it has yielded a dozen healthy looking leek seedlings, each about a foot long.  I first dug down about eight inches and placed each seedling at the bottom of the hole, covering it so just a few inches showed above the soil surface.   As the season progresses and the leeks grow, I’ll add more soil to the box until it’s up to the top, then I’ll let them mature.  The leeks won’t be harmed so long as a couple of inches of the leafy part get the sunlight.  When you dig out a leek next fall, the white part will be far more substantial than you could buy in the store.

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Keep adding soil as the summer progresses.  Only a small amount of leaf needs to show.

Keep adding soil as the summer progresses. Only a small amount of leaf needs to show.

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