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Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 15:23

Here we go... From what Ive seen online, it looks like leek moth damage with a sprinkle of rust thrown in for good luck.

Should I continue growing these, or am I just delaying the inevitable?

Please excuse the mud thrown around, this was as a result of my dispair upon finding this yesterday.

Had a good look on the leaves including undersides, but no larvae spotted. Is it possible that the slugs were eating the larvae?! Probably not, a bit too hopeful there me thinks.

Thanks again!



Leek growing

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 14:10

Barry, I have just googled leek moth, and I did see a couple of tiny green caterpillars in the soil yesterday, about 5mm in length perhaps. I recognise the white damage in the centre of the leaves too.

Will post pic later to see what your think!

Leek growing

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!

Leek growing

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:43

Some advice required by a newbie leek grower please!

I sowed some Musselburgh seeds in April which I transplanted a couple of months ago and have been doing great.

Looking at them today, they are being eaten by slugs and upon closer inspection, I am finding slugs burrowed around the leek in the holes that I made for them.

I presumed that I will need to keep as much of the whole open as possible to allow the leek to grow width-ways. Can people tell me if this is the case? Some mud has fallen into some holes and these don't seem to be growing as well, but I am gutted that the holes that I have managed to keep clear are now filled with slugs and slug eggs!!!

I fear that this years crop maybe ruined, but I would appreciate your advice for future years of leek growing.

Many thanks!

What's eating my sweet pots?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 09:47

Really? Well it could be, I'll put some beer traps around them


What's eating my sweet pots?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 12:32

I've had sweet pots in the ground for a couple of months now under a small poly tunnel, but they outgrew the poly tunnel and so they've been exposed for the past week or so.

I checked on them yesterday to find some holes in the leaves, any idea what it is? Doesn't look like slug damage to me, holes are too small. There was low flying gnatty-type flies hovering around it when I was there about 8pm yesterday.

Thanks for any advice


Pak choi nibbler

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:58
Oops tried to post the link as a direct image but failed, sorry guys!

Pak choi nibbler

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:57
Hi peeps I am growing pak choi in a raised bed in my allotment, and the past week or so I have noticed some white spots and tiny white holes. I work on the raised bed wife often and don't see many bugs in there, could anyone tell me what would cause this? I have had a quick look and read possible flea beetle, would anyone else agree with this? Many thanks!

Tomatoes on allotment?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:46
I've just planted my San Marino seedlings in my allotment for the first time; I've only ever grown them in grow bags or pots in the back garden.

They were the leftover 10 plants that would have otherwise gone to waste probably, so nothing lost if something does go wrong, but fingers crossed not!


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:36

I've got beer slug traps in the allotment and seem to be catching what I think is a lot of ground beetles in them.
I just wondered if these are good for the allotment or not - do they eat seedlings or will they eat the other buggers that will eat them?

Need to decide whether to take measures to help them get out or not.


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