Growing Leeks

Growing leek plantsLeeks are an excellent winter crop, harvesting from November to March.  This helps narrow the “hungry gap”, where little else is ready for picking, especially in early spring.  They are easy to grow, but do require transplanting and occupy the ground for a long time.  They can remain in the ground until required and are generally free of problems, making them an excellent all round vegetable. We definitely recommend growing a few leek each year.


How to Grow Leeks – QUICKSTART GUIDE
  • Vegetable Growing calendar - LeekSow in small pots or trays from March to April
  • Transplant in June and July when they are about 20cm (8in) tall
  • Plant 15cm (6in) apart, with 30cm (12in) between rows
  • Trim the root ends and tips before transplanting
  • Planting leek seeds - spacingUse a dibber to make 15cm (6in) holes. Drop the leek transplant in and fill the hole with water (not soil)
  • Lift the leeks gently with a fork, as required


Leek Varieties

Leek SeedsNeptune – good winter hardiness, high yields, harvest November to January, rust resistant
Carlton – excellent quality, long straight stems, high yields, RHS Award of Garden Merit
Bandit – excellent winter hardiness, thick flavoursome stems, tolerant to rust and bolting
Autumn Giant 3 Albana – flavoursome leek, long season, little or no bulbing, good overwinter
Lancelot – suitable for container growing, can be grown like spring onions or as full sized leek

Growing Leeks

1. Growing Leeks – QUICKSTART GUIDE to growing leeks
2. Planting Leeks – How and when to plant leeks
3. Harvesting and Storing Leeks – How to harvest and store leeks
4. Leek Growing Tips – Some tips to help you grow lovely long leeks
5. Leek Diseases, Pests and Problems – Help is at hand if your leeks are in trouble
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