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This has been a very productive year on my veg plot. Most of my favourite crops have performed extremely well, with good yields of delicious, fat vegetables. But, I have to admit, the leeks have been very disappointing. I’ve never known such a
Home-grown leeks are far superior to those bought in shops. They are very easy to grow from seed, and if you sow at intervals from February to June you can harvest from late August, through winter until the following February.Like most other
Monty Don demonstrates how to plant out leek plants from plugs to grow smaller, more tender leeks.summerMore video advice on growing vegetablesPlanting out leeks.Growing carrots in a container.Growing early potatoes.Harvesting garlic.
Monty Don demonstrates how to plant out leeks without damaging their roots, offering advice on planting depths and watering frequency.summerMore video advice growing vegetablesPlanting out leek plugs.Growing courgettes.Harvesting carrots
. Next week I'll cut the heads off and hang them upside down in a paper bag to collect all the seeds. Then, in 2010 I'll be sowing my own leeks and parsnips on my plot. I can't wait to see how they grow.
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I 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
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