How to grow...Leeks!

Like if this guide is helpful
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Here is a quick guide to growing...leeks.

Leeks are in the same family as onions and garlic. The earliest references of leeks were first seen in Ancient Egypt, where they were a big part of daily diet. They were even mentioned in the bible.
 Leeks haven't changed too much considering the thousands of years they have been about.
Wild leeks - Can still be seen today in Wales and Ireland.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 2 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Wild leeks - Can still be seen today in Wales and Ireland.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 2 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Wild leeks - Can still be seen today in Wales and Ireland.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Sowing...

Leeks are best sown in pots. The deeper the better, so roots can grow long. Fill a tray or container with soil or compost and water. Once the water has drained away, scatter seed on the surface and sprinkle some fine compost or soil over the top.  Gently water again with minimum disturbance. After  one or two weeks the seeds should have germinated. 
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Planting out...

Once the seedlings are strong enough (usually around 15cm to 20cm tall) you can replant them to their final position.
The bed needs to be well prepared. A firm surface but a soft underneith.
Using a dibber make a series of 10cm holes, about 20cm apart. Gently fill each hole with water. Once the water has drained away drop one leek seedling in each hole. You do not need to back fill the holes. Some gardeners trim the leek roots back to 15mm, as well as trim the foliage by 50%. Gently fill the hole with water again and move any plants that have floated out of position. As the water drains the plants will be anchored in with a small amount silt and mud. 
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Aftercare...

Replace any leeks that have moved. Keep weed free and well-watered in dry periods. Leeks can remain in the ground for a long time, even through winter. Musselburgh variety is very winter hardy. So, they can be harvested as and when you want them.
Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides