Leek seeds can be sown in a seed bed where they can be grown until they are ready to be transplanted, or they can be seeded directly in their permanent positions.
To sow the seeds, bury it at a depth of 2.5 centimeters or about ¼ inch deep. Each seed must be sown an inch apart.
After sowing, cover the seeds with finely sifted soil, firm it down a little and water lightly. Germination should take place after a few weeks. Once you see foliage or shots are already visible, you may start thinning out the seedlings to a distance of six inches apart. Space between rows must have a distance of about 16 inches.
Regularly water the soil as your leeks are growing. You can transplant your seedlings into their permanent growing positions in June until early July when they reach a height of eight inches. Their stalks must have a thickness as that of a pencil.
Before transplanting, make sure to water the soil before lifting the seedlings up if it is dry.
Remember to mound up more soil around the stalks at the base of each seedling to blanch the stems white. The tender, white part would become bigger and its flavour would also be milder.
Store leftover seeds properly as this would keep for as long as four years.
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