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Leeks and onions like a long growing season. Seeds need to be sown as early as possible for large specimens, and can be sown from January indoors, in trays or modules, and from February to April outside, in rows 20cm apart and 1cm deep. The soil should be well firmed after sowing. Keep the seedlings well weeded and when large enough to handle transplant into a well fertilised bed. Leek seedlings should be dropped into a hole 2cm in diameter and about 10cm deep, watered in and left without filling the hole. The holes should be at least 20cm apart. The more space you give them when planting out or thinning the bigger they will be. Leeks and onions do not compete well with weeds, and need to be kept very clean, but hoe carefully so as not to get soil inside the leave of the plants. Onions should be harvested when the leaves start to dry and fall over. They need to be thoruoughly dried in a green house or sunny windowsill to keep well. Leeks will last all winter in the garden so harvest as needed from September on

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White Spear
White Spear
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Allium fistulosum Fast growing and hardy perennial salad onion. Sow regularly from February to July in rows 20cm apart. Thin as onions are needed for salads. Harvest when small, before the flavour becomes too strong.
Solaise Bleu
Solaise Bleu
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Allium porrum A hardy winter variety with leaves that turn blue in cold weather. Sow in early spring and transplant 20cm apart, as soon as plants are big enough to handle. Harvest from October to February.
Ailsa Craig
Ailsa Craig
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Allium cepa An 1887 variety bred by David Murray. Large, a handsome, mild, and sweet onion with a round bottom. A cross between Danver’s Yellow and Cranston’s Excelsior, An exhibition variety, make very large onions.

White Lisbon
White Lisbon
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'Spring onion' or scallions as we used to call them. This is a classic variety that grows well inside and out. If left to mature it will produce small bulbs suitable for pickling. Sow regularly from February to July in rows 20cm apart. Thin as onions are needed for salads. Harvest when small, before the flavour becomes too strong.
Hilari
Hilari
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Allium porrum A tall elegant leek that over-winters well and is slow to bolt. Sow in early spring and transplant 20cm apart, as soon as plants are big enough to handle. Harvest from October to February.

   
 
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