Leek Garden - Wally One
Leek Garden - Wally One
Leeks taste like onions, except with a sweeter, creamier, more delicate flavor. Vertical gardens are not well suited for growing onions, but leeks are the perfect alternative.
These plants do take a long time to mature and are usually harvested as a late summer / early fall crop. They tolerate frost and they are very easy to grow.
Pre-Planted in a Wally One Pocket
This Garden in a Box Kit will come with a Planter (15" tall x 24" wide) in your choice of color, the best potting soil for your plants, AND the plants described above.
The Planter is made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles woven into a soft felt material, these pockets provide both proper air circulation and the correct balance of water retention and drainage that your plants need.
WANT TO ADD OTHER EDIBLE PLANTS? Just click add to cart then complete the form in the pop-up window to select your additional plants.
The plants in this collection are in the Direct Sun light category. To learn more about what that means, click here to view the Successful Indoor Gardening page.
More about the Planter...
INDOOR - With a Reservoir - includes a military grade, built-in moisture barrier that wraps around the bottom of the Pocket, from back to front. This barrier creates a reservoir to ensure walls and floors don't get wet. The barrier also conserves water and helps to keep soil's nutrition in your Pocket. Best choice for INDOOR gardens.
OUTDOOR - Without a Reservoir -good for outdoor applications in rainy environments, it has a recessed moisture barrier that allows proper drainage when it rains.
How to HANG and WATER this Wally
Universal fasteners and wall anchors are all included. Wally pockets have grommets, spaced 22" apart, at the top of the pocket. All you need to do is screw included fasteners through the grommets and into the vertical surface you are planting on. Detailed instructions can be found here.
You can water by hand, or install an Automatic Irrigation System to do the watering for you. Click here for more information.
More about the plants...
- Soil: Leeks need a deep, rich, fairly neutral soil. It should be well drained, because these plants are susceptible to rot in wet soil. It is a good idea to incorporate 2" of compost into the top 6 inches of the soil.*
- Water: Leeks grow best in moist soil. Give the plants constant moisture and apply a mulch.*
- Food: Moderate nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous. Leeks aren't a very hungry plant.
- Harvesting: Leeks can be harvested as soon as they reach sufficient size (about 3/4" diameter), their flavor and texture is almost always good (even when they get big). When leaves have firm texture and look mature, it is time to harvest. Remember that is is better to pick it earlier than later. You can either harvest the whole head, individual leaves, or most of the heart (the part remaining will often re-sprout).*
- Did You Know?: Leeks are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and calcium. They also contain a variety of beneficial phytochemicals, including diallyl sulfide, kaempferol and quercitin.Endive leaves contain lots of vitamins A and C, as well as some vitamin E and folate. They are also rich in minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.*
* Source: (www.smartgardener.com, 2014).