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Leek

Leek Allium ampeloprasum

Early sowing produces larger leeks, but for most purposes they should be sown in a seedbed (or a wooden crate) in March to May about 2.5cm deep. Transplant the seedlings to their final positions in June. Holes are dibbled in the ground. The seedlings are then dropped into the holes and ‘puddled’ in with a watering can – soil should not be firmed around the roots. Space them at 15cm in rows 30cm apart, or in beds equidistantly at 18cm. As the plants develop, constant earthing up ensures a longer blanched stem length. Very hardy, they can be left in the ground all winter and used as needed. Leave some to go to seed in their second year, but only one variety as they cross readily. The seed heads do take a long time to dry. Leeks do not cross with onions.

Coloma

A selection from ‘Swiss Giant’, this is an early, heavy and reliable cropper. Observations from the 2006 grow-out at Ryton were, “quite small compared with some commercial leeks; upright, smooth leaves, quite a lot of white stem”. Former Seed Guardian Caz Walker describes them as, “sturdy and strong plants, no trouble to grow”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Colossal

Originally commercially available, this late-maturing variety was donated to HSL by Kings Seeds during the 1980s. A sturdy, hardy and reliable cropper with long, ribbed leaves. Seed Guardian Diane Bailey found that it is “easy to grow and will stand until the late autumn and winter”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Early Market

This ex-commercial variety was donated by Suttons Seeds, who described it as “a very early maturing variety suitable for autumn use”. However, Garden Organic Member Sheila Travers found that it over-wintered well in the Scottish climate. It produces light green leaves with minimal bulbing at the base. Has a lovely leek flavour, not too strong and very tender.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Kelvedon King

John Size, of Seeds by Size, donated this variety to HSL in 1993. It is a selection from ‘Giant Winter’ and is said to be hardy and have good winter storage qualities. Some Members have noticed less damage by slugs and snails to this variety.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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