Having trees on your yard makes a lot of work to do. You have to sweep the leaves but sometimes it takes time to clean it. Leaf mulcher is the best tools that can absolutely save your time because you don’t have to spend more time on raking and bagging leaves just to get rid of it. Leaf mulcher helps you to make your job easier it can even help with your gardening by composting the leaves that you can put on your plan. It can be beneficial like for example with your leeks, expierence it.
Leeks require a light type of soil but moist and one which has been manured from a previous crop which has just been lifted. If you grow in a freshly manured site which has not had a previous crop in it, the leeks can become tough and have too much leafy growth.
Leeks require a firm soil so plant them in a soil which has had previous crops such as peas where the soil is not disturbed. Do not plant them in soil which has had root crops where the soil would have had to be disturbed by digging during harvesting. If at all possible use ridges for growing your leeks so the ground is drier and better drained than the surrounding soil.
Sow your leek seeds in compost trays which are at least 4″ deep and sow them about 4″ apart by just pressing them into the compost with your finger and covering with a light sprinkling of compost and water well. Do not allow them to dry out. They should germinate between 2-3 weeks and then they will just look like blades of young grass.
Transplanting leeks should be done when they are about 1/2″ in diameter this will be around about July and they could be between 6-8″ high. When the growing area is vacant from the previous crop, there you can put the composted leaves from the best leaf mulcher just make a hole with a broom handle or a tool such as a dibber, down to a depth of about 6″ and gently take your young leek plants, cut the roots back so they are about 11/2″ long with a pair of scissors, and then cut the leaves back to shorten them and put the leek in the hole and water well. Plant your leeks like this in rows 10″ apart and firming the soil around them after watering.
Leeks before & after thinning.
Sown Leeks and Transplanted Leeks.Care Of Growing Leeks:
Water well making sure the ground does not dry out. You can, to give them a boost, a few days after transplanting, apply a liquid manure mix and keep the weeds away at this time and any dark leaves which appear in the summer months cut 2″ off them. You may have to do this two or three times during the summer and autumn.
Towards the end of the Summer you will need to attach a small collar maybe in the form of a plastic drainpipe to your leek plants, this is to increase the amount of the leek plant that you can eat and to keep the green leaves closer together to stop soil and debris entering the foliage. This drain pipe should be about 2″ – 2.5″ in diameter and a few inches high or whatever size fits your leeks. It can also be done by mounding sand or soil up around the leek or the composition that was made by the mulcher machine, but this is an easier way of attaching some plastic drain piping or maybe the same size cardboard tubing, a few buckets of dry sand or soil will still come in handy though to mound up around the leeks. But if there is constant wet soil touching the higher parts of the leek it can sometimes cause rot, so if using the mounding technique the area should be well drained and high above the lower damper soil. The collar technique is optional and the earthing/mounding up method was and is still being used and gives excellent results. Some growers do not bother to do any earthing/mounding or collar use at all and still get fantastic leeks so maybe it just depends on conditions and what type of soil you have.Harvesting Leeks:
Harvesting leeks is simple just ease them from the soil with a garden fork or hand fork if taking them individually. Never try and pull them out as their roots can be very firmly established and they will break in two.
Harvest the thicker leeks first when they are over 1″ in diametre and this can be done from autumn right through until the beginning of the next spring. But if hard frost and even ice is predicted in our winters then get the lot up, also if we are getting one of those persistant wet winters, then this can also ruin your leeks so it is best to lift them all and store or freeze them.