Yesterday I took the plunge and planted out the leek seedlings, they are a first for me so I have no idea how they will do. Leeks are planted out in a slightly different way to other vegetables, I did a bit of swotting up before planting them into their final position. This is how I did it:
When your leek seedlings are around 6 inches tall or the width of a pencil they are ready for planting.
Push a dibber completely into the soil to create deep planting holes, around 6 inches deep should do it.
Drop a leek seedling into each hole.
Using a watering can, fill the holes to the top with water. A little soil will cover the roots which will help to settle the leeks in, don’t be tempted to back fill the holes with soil – the leeks need the space for their stems to swell. Don’t worry, soil will naturally fill in over time.
With a bit of luck I might have a good crop of leeks to harvest from late autumn to early spring.