The gourmet’s onion

Leeks are a chef's best friend in the kitchen and a lovely plant for the outdoor garden.

Credit: Elizabeth Rowlands

Elizabeth Rowlands

A few tips for planting savoury leeks which are a garden must

Considered “the gourmet’s onion,” savoury leeks are a long-season crop best started in flats in March and planted out at 20 cm (8 in.) tall.

Leeks continue to grow through fall and can be harvested anytime through to the next spring. Mulch in cold areas. Leeks can be a dramatic backdrop in ornamental gardens, and also work well with all vegetables except beans, which are inhibited by the onion family.

For more on leeks, visit Carol’s blog!