Posted: 04/10/2015 at 14:04
Thanks for the replies guys, it's good to know I can leave the holes to fill up.
Steve - I transplanted them when they were the thickness of a pencil, and I trimmed the roots down too. I have pulled a couple of poor ones up for one reason or another, and they are certainly very well anchored into the ground! Thanks for the tips, and thanks for reminding me about baked leeks with ham and cheese - I'd forgotten all about that, but I will certainly by making that if i manage to harvest any!
I presumed it was slug damage as there is some slime trail on the leaves, and especially as they are hanging out in the holes, but perhaps something else is also to blame. The leaves are being eaten from the ends of the leaves where they are touching the ground.
One thing I did notice was lots of tiny green 'grains' that I presumed was as a result of the slugs messy eating, but maybe this is a clue towards something else...?
I will go and take a photo this afternoon and post it later!