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Planting Timelines

    - Fill pots or cell trays with compost and press down to firm the soil
    - Sow one or two seeds per cell in a cell tray or a few seeds in a pot at least 2cm apart
    - Cover over with a thin layer of compost and water
    - Early sown pots should be placed on a sunny window sill indoors or into a greenhouse
    - Seeds can also be sowed direct to outdoors once the final frosts of the year have passed
    - If sowed into pots, seedlings can be thinned out or separated before transplanting outside or potting on to bigger containers or tubes
    - Before bringing outside, harden off the plants by leaving them out for longer periods of time in the day for up to 2 weeks
    - Plants can be transplanted outside once they are roughly 6-8 inches tall
    - Dig one hole 6 inch tall for each plant and about 12 inches apart, and place the seedlings into the holes
    - Fill the holes with water and allow to drain
    - Do not pack in the holes with soil, instead allow the soil to fall in naturally which will give the leeks room to establish and grow
    - Keep the soil around the leeks free from weeds
    - Leeks can be harvested once they have reached the desired size by digging a fork well under the leek roots and levering upwards whilst pulling up the plant

How to Grow Leeks

Sow Seeds Indoors

Late February

Sow Seeds Outdoors

March, April

Time to Harvest

Approx 14-16 weeks (can be left in the ground over winter)

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