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The leek resembles the onion in its adaptability and cultural requirements. Instead of forming a bulb it produces a thick, fleshy cylinder like a large green onion (fig. 27). Leeks are started from seeds, like onions. Usually the seeds are sown in a shallow trench, so that the plants can be more easily hilled up as growth proceeds. 

Leeks are ready for use any time after they reach the right size. Under favorable conditions they grow to 1-1/2-inches or more in diameter, with white parts 6 to 8 inches long. They may be lifted in the autumn and stored like celery in a cold frame or a cellar.

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