Companion Planting Chart For Leek
Leek Companion Plants For Sale Here You Can Find: Radishes (Raphus), Onions (Allium cepa) Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), Kale (Lactuca virosa) Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Vegetables (Solanum lycopersicum), Beans, Beets, Broccoli Sprouts (Brassicas spp. ), Zucchini, Squash, Sweet Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), Okra (Manihot esculenta) Lettuce (Lens culinae), Chard (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis), Mustards & Dill Seeds (Dill seed).
In addition to these plants, there are many other vegetables that can be grown together with leeks.
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) And Broccoli (Brassicas spp.) Are A Good Companion For Leeks.
By planting leeks among other vegetables such as asparagus, you can protect these foods from attack by the asparagus beetle and cutworms. Marigolds are useful in keeping away the insects that are harmful to most plants grown in the garden.
It is also a good idea to plant onions among your leeks as they will discourage aphids.
How To Plant Leeks
The planting of leeks is a job that can be quite easily accomplished. A few hours of your time and a little effort will provide you with a crop that is well worth the outlay of energy and money.
The first thing you need to decide upon is the position in which you are going to plant them.
If this is a new garden and you have already prepared the soil, you should make a shallow trench about 15cm deep and up to 30cm wide. If the soil is heavier and tends to compact, then make the trench only 10cm deep.
Use a fork or hoe to prepare a trench for each seedling.
Plant the seeds around 15cm apart. Once the seedlings are big enough to handle you can carefully transplant them into their final position.
Companion Planting For Leeks
The plants that grow well with leeks are the same ones which grow well with onions, so by all means experiment with what is already established in your garden. The list on the left shows a few recommendations that have been found to work well but as you will see there are many more possibilities.
Some Successful Complementary Leek Companions Are:
Beans, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Marigolds, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Sweet Alyssum, Tomatoes.
The plants that grow well with onions are also good for growing with leeks so experiment with the companion plants listed in that section.
How To Use Leeks
Leek flowers can be dried and used in flower arrangements.
If you grow leeks for fun (which is difficult to believe) then you could try this little experiment. Take a paper bag, poke a few holes in it and place it over the plants when they are still seedlings.
As they grow the stems will thicken and become hollow, similar to an elephant’s tooth-pick. The flower stalks can also be dried and used in flower arrangements.
If you need some growing tips then all you have to do is ask a gardener. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
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