planting leeks

(from email received)

When planting small leek plants, I think I have read somewhere that one should make a hole with a dibber, place the leek plant in the hole, and then not fill in the earth around it, but simply water into the hole - but can this be right? Won't they fall over, and in fact should one just fill in the hole with earth and firm in as one would with other plants? 

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reply by Charles:

Leeks do indeed grow better for some soil falling on top of their roots, and when you water them in there is always more soil that falls in so the hole is actually nearly full without much trying to fill it, and that is much better than trying not to fill it. So just pop them in and knock a little loose soil in as you go.