Are you growing leeks in Ohio, but don’t know when the best time to harvest them is?
Harvesting leeks is not as easy as it seems.
- Leeks very short window when they can be harvested and still taste great.
So if you harvest them too early they may not be ready and taste bad. And if you harvest them too late they may become infected with mold, fungus, insects, etc., and become inedible.
Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to harvest leeks in Ohio:
- To Learn More About HOW to Grow Leeks, Check Out This GUIDE!
When Do I Harvest Leeks in Ohio?
As you may have already guessed, there are two main factors that determine when you should harvest your Leeks: the physical features of the leeks & weather (time).
Harvest Leeks if They Look Like This!!!
The physical features of leeks are what most gardeners commonly rely on to determine if they are ready to be picked off the plant or not.
In general, you should harvest leeks if they have the following physical features:
- The leaves of the leeks are tall, long, and dark green in color.
- The leek vegetable is tough to the touch.
Harvest Your Leeks During THIS Time of Year!!!
In general, you should harvest leeks:
- 120 – 150 days after starting leeks from seed
- 60 days after planting leeks in your garden
And no matter what, you should ALWAYS harvest your leeks before the first frost of the year. Frost will immediately kill your leek plant and make your leeks inedible.
For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in Ohio. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.
Ohio Last & First Frost Dates
It should be noted that you should not overly rely on the first frost of the year. The average first frost of the year is only correct 30% of the time.
Instead, pay close attention to your local weather.
When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.
- If leeks are in pots, bring them inside
- If leeks are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
- Pick all leeks.
If you want to learn WHEN to harvest ANY Vegetable in Ohio, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.