Planting Guideline for Leeks

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When planting leeks, you're going to want to make sure that you're following a few basic guidelines. Find out about planting guidelines for leeks with help from a classically-trained chef with experience in both world class restaurants and private dining companies in this free video clip.

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I'm Teca Thompson, Farm To Table Chef, and today we're talking about planting guidelines for leeks. Leeks are cool-weather crop, so they like temperatures at least below 75 degrees. So, please take that into account whenever you're planning to plant them. Okay. So, I have made several little rows here. I've cut them about six inches apart and I'm going to plant the leeks about one inch apart in the row. I've just taken my handy little gardening stake and I just press it into the ground and you'll want to make sure that your soil is quick draining soil, which means you might have to mix your natural soil with quick draining soil from the market if it's not adequate. So, I've just made several inch apart holes, I'm going to take my leek seeds, I'm just going to place them down in the hole. And I'm going to cover them up, tamp them down lightly just to, so there's no air pockets. And then after planting, it's always a good idea to water and then continue watering throughout the germination and the growing period of their life. After they've germinated, you want to thin them out, always leave the strongest ones and then in about 80 to 120 days, they'll mature and you'll have beautiful leeks. And that is planting guidelines for leeks. I'm Teca Thompson, thank you for watching.


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