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Due to the drought last summer my leeks were very much below par, so much so that even now they are only about 1/2” thick.
I wonder, has anyone ever tried leaving them in for a second year?


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,961
    They’re biennial .., they’ll bolt … producing a flower and seed. . 

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  • John236John236 Posts: 10
    I did wonder if that would be the case!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,961
    edited January 2023
    Yes. Better use them now. Soup? 😋 

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  • John236John236 Posts: 10
    Yes, we have already earmarked them for leek & potato!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,961
    My OH has leek and potato soup in his lunch flask this week. Next week it’ll be one of the winter squashes with a bit of cumin and chilli.  We love homemade soup. 🥣 

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  • John236John236 Posts: 10
    Us too, our freezer in the garage is stacked with pots of soup. Our favourites are tomato and basil, squash and ginger, leek and potato and asparagus. A lunchtime staple and mostly from the garden.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,961
    OOH yes, squash and ginger … sometimes with some coconut milk 😋 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,905
    Roast root veg, including sweet potato, and things like squash or pumpkin, seasoned with salt, pepper and Chinese five spice is my favourite winter soup.  :)

    I rarely make leek and potato, but this thread is making think I might  ;)
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  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,481
    Our drought wasn't as severe as yours (we have a son in Mid Sussex) but we managed to reduce the effects by routinely taking any washing up etc. water out and throwing it on to the garden.  Most of our leeks remained edible.  Just an idea for repeat years?
  • John236John236 Posts: 10
    Yes Nick, we do that too. Unfortunately there was only so much water to go round and the leeks lost out!
    I forgot to mention that my very favourite soup to make is courgette and dolcellate cheese. A good use of over abundant produce!
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