Leeks a planting and progress to date
just thought i would share with you how i grow leeks which i read in a book about five years ago.
i have used this method ever since as i have found it to be very easy and have got fantastic returns in volume
Plant seeds approx 100 in a ten/twelve inch pot early March and have kept them in a coldframe since coming through in the greenhouse.
This weekend i have planted out approx 300 and have still some to go in another part of my garden.
Photographs show leeks in pot which i lift out and steep in water which gets most of the compost off them and finally wash under tap at allotment. they come apart very easy and i cut the roots down to an inch and trim top and plant in a hole made with my dibber 6 inches deep and then water in only do not back fill soil
An easy method with very little failure and maual effort
must admit I've never bothered cutting the roots on leeks, seems strange to be cutting the roots off something that you want to establish quicker??
hi chris I also grow my leek seeds the same way in big pots. I think it up to the individual to trim or not I have done the same and to be honest can not say it has made a great difference if you think it makes better leeks go for it as we all do things that others think is daft but it works this year only about 100 in Michael
Why fix it if it's not broke I say however everyone has their own way and good luck to them all as all us gardeners want is a return for our effort
I used to grow my Musselburgh leeks in one of those little multi root planters, then transplant when of a decent size. I was given a tip by my mates dad and its a northen technique. You buy a legnth of plastic drain pipe and cut into 8 inch legnths. You then 'Collar' the leeks and they grow taller with a longer white part.
I have also heard of this method however I grow the leeks to take at any time from the garden and do bank up carefully some to get them blanched.
On my allotment there is quite a few leek growers that show them however I am not in that group yet and only grow to eat if you know what I mean
with the weather being poor and rainy up in the north east my leeks have at least settled in well without my need to water, but now hoping for a weather change this weekend to some sunshine
hi blt sorry it is late b/band been of yes when I first tried that way was to many yrs ago I am like chris and a lot more try the way that works for you and stick to it ..you can get a few left over leeks and a bit of ground and try 6 in plastic sleves I had about 60 bits you could have had but binned the lot michael
just an update on my leeks which are coming along fine
apart from the weeding in between to keep up happy with progress so far
hopefully not long before I can start lifting a few as I dont wait until they are full size
hi chris72 just been down the garden myself checked and sprayed my leeks for cabbage white eggs squashed a good few ,anyhow checked the size of leeks and I am very pleased at size of them I to take a few early and don't leave all to come at once . checked callabrese and bulb fennel looking ok beetroot not far of took all the pickling onions up got more than I expected 2 big jars parsnips are well up but not ezpecting good roots as I did not get time to clean up the stones but will still go in roasting tin keep up good work chris . baths for aqua fit get ready for hard work now ( don't laugh until you try it it keeps me a young 73 and I like it )
Just an update on the leeks to date and as I grow for taste and not size I am really happy with the progress to date.
The hardest is keeping the weeds at bay between them however the reward is the leeks which is worth it.
I could start taking now however I am still using my frozen leeks from last years crops so plenty to have and share when the hunger gap comes in the new year.
Musselbourgh and pot leek this year and I have only lost a few which was more than likely birds after I first planted them back in June
A simple way to keep weeds at bay is no-dig. Spread a couple of inches of compost on the soil surface before planting and it will suppress weeds. I have no weeds, apart from a few oregano plants thanks to putting oregano dead headings in the compost bin!
I think I will try your method next year. I agree flavour not size matters, planting them closer gets smaller but tastier leeks.