March 11th and today I have finished harvesting my Leeks from last year. St Davids day whose symbol is the Leek is celebrated on March 1st every year so I am a bit behind the times.
I have also sown the 4th and last batch of this years seeds for indoor germination.
I may try some direct into the ground in early April.
Leek Easy Tips
- Prizetaker will be ready to harvest from September until December.
- Musselburgh I have sown for a later crop in November – February 2012. (It seems strange to be thinking about what to eat in 2012 but forward planning is part of gardening.
- I will not grow my Leeks in the same soil as the crop I am just harvesting just in case of fungus.
- I added some horse manure late last year and have a good moist soil bed ready when the seedlings need replanting.
- I will hoe and earth-up the stems to get a longer blanched stem. This was something I forgot to do last year.
Canny Leek Growing is a book available from Amazon by Dan Calderbank that describs the best methods of growing leeks for culinary use or for exhibition, together with the historical development of this garden crop. Dan has developed his own leek strains and new methods of cultivation.