Making Leek Seeds Work for Your Gardening
You can begin to harvest your garden's annual herbs in early spring with Leek seeds. You can also begin an indoor herb garden with these seeds. They are low maintenance perennial herbs that make an excellent indoor plant. You will enjoy the delightful flavor and aroma of these low maintenance herbs for many years.
You can begin American Flag Leek sowing indoors in a warm area 8 weeks prior to the first frost. (uates plants about 6" high will transplant well) or you can simply sow leek seeds straight into the garden every second week, covering with potting soil. Be sure to mulch the area where you planted them to help retain moisture in the soil while sowing.
When germinating your seeds at the second year, keep a thick plastic bag or Tupperware cover over the area so the Leek won't touch the ground during the germination process. Place a thin piece of cardboard or newspaper over the seed heads when removing them from the ground. This will help hold the Leek seed's moisture and preserve them as seed heads. Be sure to cover your seed with a sturdy piece of burlap or similar substance when removing them from the ground. Remove all but one leaf at a time when you are cutting your leeks so they don't wither on the vine.
You have two choices when it comes time to harvest your new garden's annual herbs you can pickle your leeks or wait until after they die so the leek variety will produce seed heads for next year. Pickling will preserve the leaves and stems, and will result in a healthier plant overall. While the leeks are in the ground waiting for new growth to come, you may wish to dig up your remaining containers of annuals and transfer them to a large pot so you can use them as seedlings. This will give you a fresh start with your garden, and you won't have to worry about the problems commonly associated with growing leeks.
For germinating your leek seeds, remove the small white flower head intact, and wipe off the loose dirt around the flower head. Placing the white flower head in a shallow dish of water will help create the proper environment needed for germination. Once the white flower head has become dry enough, remove it from the dish and place it in a small glass or plastic container. Placing an old sock over the hole will prevent dust particles from entering the growing area.
For those who would like to harvest their indoor plants for a delicious herbal supplement, leek seeds will produce a delicious herbal supplement with the highest quality taste. To prepare the supplement, remove the dried flowers from the plant, leaving the stems intact. Add a teaspoonful of dried leek to your flower's base, and gently cover the stems with water. Allow the herbs to sit and dry, then collect the leaves and stems in a small cheese cloth and place in a glass container with a tight lid.
After your plants begin to sprout and grow roots, harvesting for flavor is not necessary. Simply place the plant in your garden and allow it to grow and bloom; you will never have to harvest leek seeds again. For a quick tasty snack, make a simple pesto sauce by boiling squash, onions, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a pan over medium heat until the squash and onions begin to soften. Drain off the excess oil, strain into a bowl, and add salt and pepper to taste. You will enjoy this healthy and delicious meal when you harvest your garden's annuals for a delicious snack during the colder months of the year.
Many people enjoy the outdoors year-round and enjoy getting outside and getting their body and soul soaked in nature. Leek seeds are an easy way to get started getting that soak going for the whole family. When you harvest your garden's annuals for a hearty snack, you won't have to worry about wasting any seeds or having to harvest a whole plant just to use one single piece of fruit. Once your plants start to mature, there will be enough leeks left for you to use to pickle or preserve for later use. You can take the harvest from the plant at the peak of its flowering season and freeze it for future use or save it for future planting beds or as a backup plan should you have a really bad winter and need to plant again before next spring.