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How To Sow Leeks (continued - page 2)

Sowing Leeks
Wait till early to mid-spring before sowing leek seed, depending on the weather.  They can either be sown in a seed bed for transplanting the following summer, or sown in their permanent positions.  If you sow in a seed bed you have the added bother of transplanting, but this must be balanced out by the fact that if they are sown in their permanent position, they will take up a lot of space for a long time before producing results.

Sow the leek seed thinly (about 2.5cm / 1in apart), as germination is usually very good, in drills about 0.5 cm (1/4 in) deep and cover the seeds with fine sifted soil.  If the seeds are properly stored they will be viable for about four years, so you can keep seeds for future use.  After covering the seeds, firm the soil down and water if dry.  Drills should be about 15 cm (6 in) apart in the permanent bed.

Name: jim@GardenAction
Date posted: November 22, 2011 - 07:31 pm
Message: Clubs are great! Full of people with excellent local knowledge and willing to help. Ask around for the best deals.

Name: Richard Wood
Date posted: November 22, 2011 - 05:27 pm
Message: I have just joined a local club. What advice can you give and where do I get the seeds from. Will regular seed packet suppliers suffice. Any info will greatly appreciated
Cheers Richard Wood

Date posted: June 10, 2011 - 05:39 am
Message: when planting leeks do i leave the soil loose or do i make the soil firm,some people say you have to make the soil really loose so the leeks can grow,is this correct,also is there something wrong if after transplanting the leeks go limp. can you advise please,thank you.

Name: Dave Bell
Date posted: November 12, 2010 - 09:27 am
Message: have grown leeks for several years.(Started in northumberland borders), but this year have a investation of black/brown beetles eating well inside lower stems and leaving brown stains within tunnel walls.How do I cope next year, and what are they? PLEASE