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eghamrecruitereghamrecruiter Posts: 18
edited April 2020 in Fruit & veg
Hi all, had an allotment for a couple of years but still learning everyday especially when it comes to planting and growing so 1st question is when I sow seeds does 1 seed = 1 carrot or 1 beetroot or  1 Leek etc for instance, reason I ask is I have in the past grown one leek from seed and planted one leek yet I have just seen someone who has obviously sown 3 or 4 seeds of leeks into a pot and then planted them together in the same hole. Hope you can see what I am getting at as seems to. Make better sense with a better crop if I am sowing 3 plants into each hole  


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    "One for the pigeon, one for the crow,
    One to rot and one to grow."
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,078
    I often sow extra seeds in case they don't all germinate. For something like a leek I would only plant one per hole. I usually plant the biggest and strongest and chuck the weakest.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    edited April 2020
    Leek I would go for a nursery bed. Sow as advised on the packet, transplant individual leeks to new holes when large enough. 

    Carrots, usually people sow a few more than needed and thin the weedy ones.

    Pot started Toms, I drop in 2-3 seeds then prick out the puny ones, rather than rely on one seed to come good.

    I'm not entirely sure if you are talking about direct sowing or not? Which might help people to answer better.

  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,721
    You can grow leeks in groups which is what you are probably seeing, if you want the nice long white stalks then you need to do them singly and deep, but if you don't mind green stems then groups are easier.
    For most vegetables one seed=1 plant but beetroot and chard are an exception, there one seed can be 1-4 plants as their seeds are actually collections of seeds rather than singles.
  • Brilliant thanks for the reply 
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