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Last of the leeks


by Jane Moore

It felt sad to harvest my final leeks this week. What a fine specimen I had left until last - tall, straight and pale, crowned with a plume of pungent green leaves.


Harvested leekI know I'm in danger of becoming a bit of a bore, raving on about my winter vegetables - but they have been truly marvellous. So it felt sad to harvest my final leeks this week. What a fine specimen I had left until last - tall, straight and pale, crowned with a plume of pungent green leaves. A beauty. And it became an equally fine supper, transformed by a mild cheese sauce into a lovely au gratin.

Still, the next batch is underway already. The seeds were sown in a seed tray indoors, rather than outside, due to the cold, frosty snap a couple of weeks ago. The seedlings have started to pop up, producing their strange, grass-like seed leaves. It's staggering to think these fragile babies turn into something so gigantic.

It all goes to show what a wonderful thing this 'circle of life' is - as some things end, others begin to grow. And that's especially true on an allotment. My seedlings sown outdoors are starting to appear, thanks to the recent lovely rain, sunny days and warmer nights. The first to show have been the pumpkins sown in pots on the windowsill, swiftly followed by the brassicas.

And even the early potatoes are showing a few leaves above the soil, which means my next job is a good session of earthing up.



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Gardeners' World Web User 11/09/2008 at 08:38

My local garden centre is advertising leek plants for sale, could this be a misprint or can you plant leeks this late?

Gardeners' World Web User 12/09/2008 at 16:13

ref lizzie and leeks no this is not a misprint maybe flying a bit close time wise but leeks are pretty hardy,buy them water them in and stand back jc.

Gardeners' World Web User 21/10/2010 at 17:36

I am desperate for leek plants where are you Lizzie

Gardeners' World Web User 21/10/2010 at 18:33

Owing to illness couldn't plan leek seeds this year, my favourite vegetable. Where is the gardening centre Lizzie please.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:31

This is my first year on my allotment the girls that are on the other allotments have been on thers for two years now.and i am a beginer at growing veg. but they are all eating my veg. and not there owen so fore the first year thats not bad is it joey