Sow thinly direct into a finely raked seedbed at a depth of 13mm (½") in rows 30cm (12") apart. (Germination 14-18 days.) When ready to transplant make holes with a dibber 10-15cm (4-6") deep, 23cm (9") apart, drop a plant into each and fill with water to settle soil around the roots. Allow 38cm (15") between rows. To blanch, draw up earth to stems as growth develops. Leeks do well on most soils especially if well prepared. Sowing to Cropping: 35-40 weeks.
Ideal for beds and bordes. Prefers full sun but grows well in sun or shade. Extremely hardy, and particularly useful in cold areas. HEALTH BENEFITS: High in potassium, folic acid and vitamins A and C. CULINARY TIPS: Use in soups and stews, as a boiled vegetable or in stir-fries.