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Soil preparation

  • Choose a sunny, sheltered site with well-drained soil.
  • If possible, prepare the soil for planting in the winter. Dig the site well, removing weeds and working in plenty of well-rotted manure to improve its ability to retain water.
  • Leeks can be planted in heavy soil, but improve the drainage by mixing in some horticultural sand.
  • This is a hungry crop – spread a general balanced fertiliser over the soil a week or so before sowing and rake in. A rate of 60g per square metre is ideal.