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Leek Seeds (Winter Giant)

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Leek Seeds - Description

  • Variety: Winter Giant Leek Seeds
  • Late Variety
  • Seed Packet Weight: 500 Seeds
  • Mainstay of Winter Cropping
  • Harvest from October to April
  • Yield: High performing Leek with Solid, Thick White Stems of Medium Length
  • Produces High Quality Long Shafts

Leek Seeds - Sowing Instructions

  • Sow: March - April
  • Harvest: October to January
  • Sow into bed 2.5cm deep
  • Leeks prefer ordinary well drained soil in the sun or semi shade
  • See how to grow tab for full growing instructions

Leek Seeds - Uses

  • A delicious cooked veg
  • Great on its own in soups, stews and casseroles
  • Fantastic for individual resale

Leek Seeds - Advantages

  • Winter Giant leeks are extremely hardy variety
  • Easy to grow
  • Outstanding Flavour
  • Great value for money
  • Great cropper with good Winter hardiness
  • Tastes fantastic in a number of dishes

Index

  • Sowing Instructions (Indoors)
  • How to Transplant
  • Sowing Instructions (Outside)
  • Crop Maintenance
  • How to Harvest
  • Storage
  • Pests & Diseases

Sowing Instructions (Indoors)

  • Leek can be started, early indoors & transplanted in June
  • Sowing Time: Sowing indoors in mid February
  • Sowing Location: 24 cell seed trays, one seed per module

Sowing Instructions (Outdoors)

  • Traditionally, leeks are sown in seed beds
  • Sowing Time: Mid to Late March, once soil is suitably warm
  • Sowing location: Sunny location in seed beds, in open vegetable plot or raised beds
  • Soil: Fertile soil that drains well is preferred
  • Avoid soils that waterlogs or dries out rapidly
  • Leeks prefer alkaline soil, with ph between 6 and 7.5
  • Spread home made compost or manure on the site the previous autumn
  • Create shallow drills 1/2 inch deep
  • Sprinkle seeds thinly along the drill
  • Roughly 1.5 inch apart
  • Close the drill with soil and water well, not forgetting to label
  • The distance between the drills should be 18 inches

How to Transplant

  • Transplanting increases the length of white stem on your leeks
  • The young plants are ready for moving in June when 20cm long
  • Water well before moving, if grown indoors harden off before transplanting
  • Using a dibber, make holes 15cm deep & 15cm apart
  • Insert your leek seedling & fill the hole with water
  • Don't backfill hole with soil & avoid letting soil fall between the leaves

Crop Maintenance

  • Keep well watered as roots can be exposed to sun
  • Weed every second week
  • To increase the length of the white stem you can earth up around the leek's stem
  • Susceptible to the same diseases as other onion plants

Harvesting

  • Pull your leeks as and when you need them
  • Carefully lever the root out with a hand fork

Storage

  • Leeks will last for up to a month in your fridge
  • Avoid lifting early, leeks are perfectly fine in the soil until needed
  • Leeks can tolerate moderate frost (-2°C to -5°C)

Pests and Diseases

  • Pests: Bird attack seems to be one of the main problems
  • Damage: Birds pull up roots
  • Protection: Fine netting is draped between twigs for protection
  • Other pests and diseases include: Onion fly, neck rot & bolting

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Came quick and sprouted well. Cant wait to make batches of soup with them later in year

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