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How to Grow Leeks Easily

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  • Leeks, tall leafy cousins to garlic and onions, are a hardy vegetable you can grow year-round
  • Leeks have sulfur-containing compounds such as allicin that fight free radicals, as well kaempferol, a flavonoid shown to help fight cancer and heart disease
  • Leeks are a good source of antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium

If you've never tried leeks, you may be interested to include them in your fall garden this year. Actually, you can grow leeks year-round, but given their hardiness to cold, they make a great fall crop. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can even leave leeks in the ground during winter and harvest them in early spring. Now is the time to consider growing (and eating more) leeks.

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