Leeks, generally, are easy to grow and are not in demand of too much attention. With the right knowledge on properly growing leeks, such as soil enrichment, seed maintenance, pest control, and employing harvesting techniques, it will definitely be easy to set up your leeks farm.
Leeks are scientifically known as Allium Porrum. They are basically vegetables sharing the same family with onion and garlic.
Leeks farming are never far from growing onion and garlic too. Growing leeks is of low maintenance, requires less attention, takes a short time to grown and be harvested, and demands from no to little amount of fertilizers.
In growing leeks, it is important to secure a place where the soil is rich especially when intending to market the harvest. Rich soil will help you generate more healthy crops and of course with the aid of proper care such as watering and at least daily look out for possible pest that may bother in the healthy growing of leeks.
Growing leeks is especially easy when you have the right knowledge and enthusiasm on planting them. Leeks are not that sensitive for they can even be left in the ground during winter, yet still, growing at a usual phase.
Generally, there are two types of leeks: the summer leeks and the overwintering leeks. In terms of harvest period, summer leeks are best harvested during the season by which they are planted while overwintering leeks are harvested during spring. In every farming ritual, it is really advisable to follow the harvesting season of the plants in order to pick them at their best. Both prematurity and immaturity influence the taste of the leeks badly so it is not recommended to get too excited to harvest early than necessary.
As with the size and flavor, summer leeks are larger than overwintering leeks but less strongly flavored. It is best to know first the type of leeks that you wish to plant so you would know what kind of care it wills be requiring and whether your location and other necessities can be provided.
The edible part of leeks, meanwhile, is its bundle of leaf sheaths usually called as stalk. It is the part that is taken care of from pest and which defines the quality of the leeks. The greener the stalk and the lesser the sign for pest manifestation is of course better and may get higher market value.
Leeks’ farming is never difficult. They have high tolerance to prolonged harvest, meaning, they do not easily get rotten. In addition, there is a low risk for some pest problems with growing leeks. Leeks can be harvested usually when they reach about the size of a finger or pencil or until they reached their mature size.