I remember that when I read the proceedures for planting leeks, that is; to plant the young seedling so that only 1cm or so is left above the ground, I was sceptical. I looked down at these tiny things no bigger than the lead in a pencil and thought such treatment would kill them. For sure. Yes, apparently I am that up myself.
However I still planted half the recommended way, and half as I felt they should be. Which was with at least half of it still out of the hole. Then I found out they take 18-22 months to harvest and promptly forgot about them and my experiment.
The results of my experiment can be seen below. Now I think, if only! However, experience is the best teacher. She’s the only teacher I really trust. :)
The leaves on the longest leek, photo 1, were not as long as last weeks leek, photo 2, so it’s total length was less at 1.5m, however it is longer at the edible part, at 66cm long. :)
The lower leek in photo 1 is, yes, planted ‘my way’. I harvested it because it started to flower. Fail.
Photo 3+4 added 27th Sept= last of the leeks planted ‘correctly’ . Saved the best til last apparently!
Photo 4= today’s harvest along side the ones from the 25th. Leek and potato soup tonight!
Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum