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Leeks for Container Vegetable Gardening

By SongofJoy
January 17, 2013

Are you a container gardener who wants to grow more vegetables? Looking for an onion flavor without the heartburn? The mild and sweet leek may be your answer.

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jan 17, 2013 7:49 AM CST
Did not even think about growing leeks in a container. I like them and can never bring myself to pay store prices. Will be trying this out. Thank you!
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 17, 2013 8:00 AM CST
A good idea! I did not know that they are perennial in warmer climes.
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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Thanks, Caroline. Leeks are almost indestructible here.

That was a part of my motivation as well, Debra. I'd look at them in the store and think, uh-uh, not paying that for an onion. Green Grin! I don't know why I didn't grow them in containers before we moved here, but I am now determined to keep a large container on the deck at all times as well as some in the ground. The issue of planting in the ground with Bermuda grass was actually another factor in the decision to grow them in containers. That's the only beneficial thing that cussed grass has ever done for me. I never thought I'd even come up with one. Ha! Smiling
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 17, 2013 12:01 PM CST
Bermuda grass and leeks, Tee? What is that connection? I need even ONE good point, too! Hilarious!
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 2:52 PM CST
I wasn't very clear, was I? What I was trying to say is that planting things in the ground with competing Bermuda grass all around can be a difficult challenge. Grumbling
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 17, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Hear that! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jan 17, 2013 3:30 PM CST
Although it had crossed my mind to grow leeks in a container, I never knew if it was a good idea. LOL

Tee, thank you. I'm looking forward growing some.

I'm hating some Bermuda grass here too Glare
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 3:57 PM CST
I've never tried leeks, either growing them or buying them. But this sounds interesting! Going to have to give it a try!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 17, 2013 4:07 PM CST
I really really like leek and potato soup... Big Grin
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 5:02 PM CST
nodding I do too. Yummy!
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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 5:03 PM CST
Christine, I look forward to hearing how they do for you. No pressure, right? Smiling

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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 5:04 PM CST
You too, woofie. Green Grin!
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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 5:10 PM CST
First, I gotta find some seeds.... Big Grin
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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 5:15 PM CST
Where do you buy your seeds?

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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 5:35 PM CST
Oh, my, that depends on what I'm looking for! I usually buy standard veggie seeds locally, at the hardware store or Safeway or Walmart or somewhere like that (read: CHEAP!). Anything exotic or hard to find comes from where ever I can find them!
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SongofJoy
Jan 17, 2013 5:44 PM CST
The leek seeds could be bought locally then?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 5:50 PM CST
Ha! I've no idea; I've never looked for them! But I'd assume so. And a lot of times, the local drug store has seeds for $.10 a pack! But, like I said, I've never looked for leek seeds. Much too soon to look for seeds here, tho. Brrrrr, highs in the 20's right now! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 17, 2013 6:38 PM CST
Home Depot here carries them, don't know about other box stores, but you might try them?
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Jan 19, 2013 11:27 AM CST
Leeks grow well here in soggy Hawaii!!! I replant the roots, as well.

Last year I had too many leeks...so I cut the whole leek into rounds and put them in the dehydrator. When nice and dry (not very long) I put them in the blender and made powder out of them and use it to flavor EVERYthing from salads to soups...
It's all about choices.
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SongofJoy
Jan 19, 2013 12:00 PM CST
Now that's a great idea, Carol. I am very fond of the onion-y taste. And it's easy to have a lot of them. They do multiply well here too. How long does the powder keep?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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