Horticultural aide memoire Plant out leeks
All good gardeners plan ahead. The leek, queen of winter crops, needs our attention now if success is to be assured in the dark days. Prepare a strip of good ground by forking through it and levelling it. Pull up a handful of leek seedlings, which should now be pencil-thick. Top and tail them with an old knife by shortening the leaves by a third and trimming the roots to a neat tuft. Set a tight line and make holes with a dibber at 6in intervals. Into each hole, drop a leek seedling. Fill each hole with water and leave it.