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    How To Sow & Grow Leeks

    Leeks are arguably one of the most important fresh winter vegetables because of their comparative hardiness. We've had Musselburgh literally disappear under feet of snow for several weeks, and put up with temperatures as low as 5°F (-15°C), only to appear unscathed after the thaw!

    Sowing

    Sow thinly in seed trays under protection between January-March; or outdoors sow thinly March-late April in ½" (1 cm) deep drills 9" (23 cm) apart.

    Planting Out

    (for those purchasing our leek plants, read from here on!)
    Leeks prefer a deep, fertile, well-drained soil and a position in sun or partial shade. Dig in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure before planting out.

    Set out seedlings 8" (20 cm) apart in rows 16" (40 cm) apart by making holes approximately 4" (10 cm) deep, inserting one seedling into each and then filling the hole with water, NOT SOIL.

    Straighten up seedlings after approximately one week if required.

    Cultivation

    Keep weeded, but do not overwater leeks.

    To produce a greater amount of white stem earth up plants as they grow.

    Pests and Diseases

    Leeks suffer from the same pests as other members of the onion family. We recommend using our BioFriend Slug-Banish to deter slugs from eating leaves and bulbs. Covering plants with fine environmental mesh will keep onion fly and leek moth at bay.

    Harvesting

    Harvest as required, leaving the remaining crop in the ground until needed.


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    Leek Seed 'Musselburgh'

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    A very hardy variety that produces excellent quality leeks. Fantastically sweet whether eaten as baby leeks or allowed to mature.
    Available Now
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 100 seeds.

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    Leek Plant 'Shirleys' Giant Exhibition'

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    Our own re-selection of the tried and trusted variety 'Musselburgh'. Very hardy and will grow to huge proportions; perfect for the exhibition bench.
    Available from APPROXIMATELY mid April 2020
    Supplied as as nursery fresh transplants.

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    Leek Seed 'Musselburgh'