One of my favourite vegetables, I can never plant enough leeks so they had to be included in the 3x3 plot! They're a good choice for a small space, and look very ornamental. Ours
were sown back in February in a 9cm pot, and are now ready to plant out
- not quite ‘pencil thickness' (as all the books say) but sturdy plants
like thin spring onions. Made the planting
holes with the end of a rake (forgot to bring the dibber), and emptied
out the leeks, shaking the soil off the roots. Interestingly the books all have different takes on cutting the roots down inlength, varying between to 2.5cm or not at all. Basically,
it makes putting the leeks into the planting holes easier, plus you
don't want the roots twisted round at the base of the plant, so I cut
mine down to 3-4cm. If the leeks are taller than around 20cm, cut some of the leaf off too. The variety is Varna, a dual purpose leek (as many are) that
can be broadcast sown & then thinned to grow as a baby leek, or
grown on to a larger size to harvest in autumn or early winter.
weather is very hot and sunny at the moment, despite the prediction of
heavy rain (we wish!). The plan was to put out the tomatoes, basil and
courgettes last week, but a forecast of lashing wind, hailstones and
temperatures of 4 degrees put us off! It is proving to be a very confusing early summer - for the honeybees too, as they are swarming like mad! So next week, all the tender stuff will go out - they have been in the cold frames for several days now so should be Ok.