Dear Miss Chestnuts, Though leeks (like onions) are usually started in February or March indoors for northern gardeners, then set out into the garden in mid- to late spring when they are about pencil-thick or thereabouts, you can technically direct sow them into the garden in early spring, meaning do it at once. Sow a seed a quarter-inch deep or so every couple or 3 inches in the row (spacing rows 18 to 24 inches apart). If you are growing giant leeks, space accordingly (like every 6 inches). I’d play it safe, however, and back myself up with a row of seedlings as well, just in case. M.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.