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Sowing
  • Leeks should be grown in well drained soil, with full sun.
Preparing your Seedlings
  • Sow your seed thinly in a seed bed 6 inches apart, half an inch deep and keep your rows 12 inches apart.
  • Your seeds will take 2 to 3 weeks to germinate.  
  • Leeks are ready to be planted out when they are roughly 8 inches high and the stem is as thick as a pencil, this is usually in June.
  • Water well the day before you plant them out.
  • Try to plant on a cool, cloudy day or in the morning or evening time, this will be less stressful for the plant.
Planting Out your Seedlings
  • It takes 30 to 45 weeks between sowing and lifting leeks depending on which varieties you choose.
  • You need to give them plenty of room as they will be in the ground for a long time.
  • Dig over the bed in winter.
  • In Spring rake and add fertilizer one week before planting; this is usually done in March, depending on which varieties you use.  
  • Trim roots and shoots.
  • Plant in your vegetable bed 6 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart.  
  • Make a hole 6 inches deep then drop the leek in.
  • Gently fill the hole with water to settle the roots
  • Do not fill the hole with soil.
Growing
  • Hoe carefully between the plants to keep the weeds down.
  • Water in dry spells.  
  • Blanch them to increase the length of the white stems - Gently draw soil around the stems when plants are well developed in stages raising the soil level a little at a time, this can be done until October.
Harvesting
  • Gently lift the plant from the soil using a fork when they reach the required size.  
  • Top Tip - The larger they get the less the flavour there is when eating.
Growing Tip
  • Never let soil in between the leaves of the leeks as this causes grittiness in the texture of leaves when eating and is unpleasant.