What leeks can overwinter in Seattle/ West Washington??
I bought some leek seeds fom Sky Nursery in Seattle last weekend. The variety is King Richard. Turns out it is a much-liked variety, but it is a tender "summer" variety that won't withstand frosts very well.
Does anyone know what some good winter-hardy varieties of leeks are? Also, seems like most places only have one or two varieties, so if you know where to get seeds that would be great information to have as well.
In fact, if someone wants to trade some hardy leek seeds for some of the King Richards (I still want to plant both kinds), that would be even more awesome. But perhaps too much to wish for. :)
For that matter, any advice in general about growing these things would be appreciated. It's my first time growing them. I like Steve Solomon's section about it in Vegetable Gardening West of the Cascades, although he seems to advise planting them just 2 or 3 inches apart from each other in a row/trench. Seems a bit close if I want choice, monster-sized leeks.