Home grown leeks are lovely, sweeter in flavour and softer. Leeks are available to pick fresh over a long season from summer baby Leeks right through to the winter crops. In common with all the edible Alliums, onions, garlic and chives, Leeks are reliable and one of the easiest of veg to grow. Leeks require patiences, they are the slowest growing of vegetables and are best planted in a corner of the veg plot and then forgotten about for many months, but well worth the wait.
They are a frost hardy veg and can be left growing in the veg plot late in the year and overwinter. Leeks can be raised from seed, but because they are so slow growing it is easier to buy them as baby plants to get a bit of a head start on the growing season.