Leeks grown from seed

How to sow leek seeds outdoors

Find out how to sow leeks directly outdoors, with the help of our three-step guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Sowing leeks in April means strong, sturdy plants that will stand well over the winter.

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Traditionally, leeks are sown into nursery rows, then transplanted to their final growing position after a few weeks. This means they can fill the space freed up once other crops, such as new potatoes or spring cabbages, have been harvested.

Here’s how to sow leeks outdoors.

Traditionally, leeks are sown into nursery rows, then transplanted to their final growing position after a few weeks.

You will need

  • Leek seeds
  • Cane or hoe
  • Watering can
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Step 1

Make a shallow drill with a cane or the edge of hoe in well-raked soil. Water the base of the drill before evenly sowing the seeds.

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Step 2

Carefully cover the seeds with soil, then tamp down gently to make sure the seeds are in direct contact with the soil above them.

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Step 3

The drill should be slightly lower than the surrounding soil, so whenever you water it the moisture gravitates to the seeds.

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