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SERIES 32 | Episode 32Leeks are an extremely versatile member of the onion family. They taste great in all sorts of cooking, and they're easy to grow. Many people think they're really a cool season crop that you grow over the winter months, but Sophie grows them all year round in her garden. They can be harvested when they're quite fat and large, or when they're young and about the size of a spring onion. You can grow leeks from seeds, but Sophie prefers to buy them as seedlings because it saves four to six weeks of growing time.Leeks prefer an open, sunny position, and grow best in reasonably good, friable soil. The soil should ideally be rich in organic matter, but don't add fresh manure at the time of planting.Make rows about 30 centimetres apart then take one of the cells of seedlings from the tray, wash off the soil in a bucket of water, and then they’re ready to plant. Place them in the trench about 10cm apart and leave them lying on their side standing upright. Once you fill the trench up with soil and backfill, you don't have to worry about standing the leek seedlings up. They'll stand up naturally when they're ready! Once you’ve backfilled the soil, the last step is to gently water in your new seedlings.When it comes to pests, Sophie has only had to contend with small snails that can make a mess of the foliage but has found overall that the plants are fairly resilient. If you plant from seedlings, you'll have a crop ready to harvest in about three to four months.If you want a constant supply of leeks, make successive plantings of small batches and you’ll have leeks for the kitchen, all year round!

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