The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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  1. A Description of Leeks

    History: Leeks are an ancient and revered food crop, with evidence dating their cultivation back over 3000 years. The Egyptians grew them and often buried them in grave sites as food for the afterlife, the Romans had dedicated leek beds and the Welsh adopted the leek as a national symbol. They have always been more popular in Europe than they have here, but their cold-hardiness suits them well for our growing seasons. Cultivation: Leeks require a long growing season and so must be started indoors at least 6 weeks before the last frost. Sow seed 1/8-1/4" deep in soil-less mix in flats. When seedlings are at least 1/4"diameter, harden off and plant out approx. 6" apart in fertile, moist soil in sun. Companions: Like most members of the allium family, leeks make great overall companion plants in the garden - repelling many insect pests.

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