A most valuable vegetable, capable of cropping for six or seven months a year. Most varieties stand well in the ground until required in the kitchen. All have a wonderful, mild onion flavour.
How to grow Leeks
Sow thinly in pre-watered, shallow, short rows, lightly covering the seeds with soil. Keep the seedbed moist at all times. Plant out when plants are about 15cm/6in high. Allow 20cm/8in between plants and 45cm/18in between rows. Make holes with a dibber about 15cm/6in deep, and drop a plant into each hole. Fill each hole with water, but not with soil. To ensure a long white shaft, draw up soil round the plants as they develop.
Leeks do best in an open position on rich, well-worked soil into which plenty of well-rotted organic matter has been added. They have a high nitrogen requirement.
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