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24/11/2011 at 15:27
I have bought a pot of leek seedlings. Should I pot them on before planting out?
24/02/2012 at 14:35

alright geez

15/05/2012 at 09:30
When to plant young leeks
20/03/2013 at 15:27
I have lots of very small leeks that I planted out last year, didn't thin out and so I left in over the winter. They all have very good roots on them so I wondered it I could thin them out and re-plant them this year. If so, when should I do this and what depth of soil would be ideal to obtain large leeks?
20/03/2013 at 17:54

Colcos, you could pot them up and grow on until the soil is warm enough to put them out.

Brenda, normally we plant ours in early May when the soil is warm here. In milder areas you can do it earlier.

Jennie, saldly no matter what you do, those leeks will go to seed now. Best would be to eat them before that happens.


20/03/2013 at 18:13

I grew leeks for the first time last season, (which as I'm sure we all remember wasn't the best...). Anyway, I thought I'd failed as they aren't as big as the shop bought ones...but the flavour is fantastic! So pleased, definitely do them again.

20/03/2013 at 20:42

Sure do.

22/03/2013 at 11:13

Did I read somewhere that you just spike a hole in the ground, deep, and drop the leek plant in and leave it loose! perhaps I dreamt that.  Any ever heard of that?

22/03/2013 at 11:31

Yes, that's often advised and you fill the hole with water afyer popping the seedling in. I think it's meant to reduce the amount of soil that gets worked in between the layers of leaves. Must say I didn't do that (maybe that's why I got tiddly leeks...I squished 'em). 

22/03/2013 at 11:37

Yes, I thought I had seen it somewhere, this will be my first year of growing some veg, never thought it worth the money and effort when you can buy a huge bag of carrots for £1. etc. Although, runner beans are definitely worth it at 8 beans  for a £1.

22/03/2013 at 14:34

I did that as it was first time I had grown them, still have 3 left to pull out. Apparently the deep hole is to do with getting white stems

27/06/2013 at 21:51
My wife insists that the roots as well as the leaves should be trimmed when planting out leeks. Any comment?
27/06/2013 at 21:53
Should the roots as well as the leaves not also be trimmed?
27/06/2013 at 23:05

I honestly don't think it matters.  I never trim the roots when transplanting leeks, but know others who do.  Planting into holes made with a dibber does help keep the stems blanched - that's pretty universal.

09/09/2013 at 14:50

My leeks bolted and went to seed while I was on holiday. They are lovely, How do I harvest the seeds.

09/09/2013 at 15:22

Hi Gillian, wait until the seeds begin turning black.  When they are at that stage, cut the flower heads off and finish drying them in a large paper bag - the seeds will drop out when they are dry if you give the bag a shake.

09/09/2013 at 16:52

2nd year we have planted leeks it looks like they are the same this year thin like spring onions dont know what we are doing wrong

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