Leeks have the unique property of accumulating ascorbic acid during storage, but in our temperate latitudes it can only be grown by seedlings in well-lit beds with not too acidic soils (pH about 7.5). If the acidity of the soil is high, then before planting it must first be subjected to liming.
Growing and caring for leeks
Two to three months before planting seedlings in the ground, they begin to prepare seeds: they are soaked in hot water (not higher than 50 ° C) for twenty minutes, then washed and placed in a damp cloth at room temperature for a week. After the expiration date, the seeds are sown in small pots (for example, yogurt cups).
In the spring, a large amount of organic fertilizers (up to 15 kg per m²) is applied to the soil in the future garden bed and it is dug deeply before planting. In mid-May, the leaves and roots of leek seedlings are cut by a third and planted in the ground to a depth of 12 cm.
Leeks need regular watering (once every 5 days), frequent loosening of row spacings and 3-4 dressings for the entire season. The plant is fed as follows: ammonium nitrate (20 g) and potassium salt (15 g) are dissolved in a bucket of water and watered. Can be fed with bird droppings and mullein.
From the middle of summer, ash is poured onto the onion stalks and spud. The plant is cold-resistant, so it can be left in the beds until November. Growing and caring for leeks is not particularly difficult, and as a result, you get tasty aromatic bulbs, which in the autumn-winter time can become the main source of vitamin C for the body and protect it from infectious diseases.