Tadorna-This variety has a medium-length white shaft with contrasting, upright, very dark blue-green foliage. It is flavorful and tender and excellent in omelets and other cooking, or raw as a salad garnish.
3/10 in open 200s
It is critical to keep on top of watering in the greenhouse; if the seedlings dry out for even a few hours, the older leaves will die and growth will be tremendously set back.
Leeks do not need to be transplanted in the greenhouse.
Leeks can withstand light frosts, but hold off on outdoor planting until plants are more mature (after 7-9 weeks in the greenhouse). Row cover will speed growth during the first month. Space the seedlings 4 inches with four rows per bed. Trench the rows to depth of 4-6 inches, planting the leeks in the trough.
Alliums do a poor job of shading out weeds and so attention must be paid particularly early on that weeds do not overtake the bed. Weeds stunt growth remarkably. As they grow, pull the edge of the trenches down onto the leeks; this will produce a desirable long, white bulb.
In order to control the weeds, early on hand weeding is the only option, particularly when the plants look so much like grass. As they mature, the blue ‘snake’ hand cultivator works well. (If you are quite careful a small collinear hoe can be used to simultaneously weed and fill in the trough.
Problems with pests have been minimal.
Leeks are harvested when they reach at least 1” diameter. The outer leaf should be peeled off and roots trimmed to remove dirt before dunking or spraying to clean.
Only harvest as needed. Refrigerate immediately after washing and use within the day.
For retail, sell individually for $0.75 or as a pair for $1.50.