Leek growing experiment – interim report

Well, it’s quite a while since we planted our leeks by two different methods: the Andi Clevely way (cover some ground with newspaper and a mulch of cut grass, dig a hole in it, drop in a leek seedling, water, leave alone); and the ordinary way (dig a hole, drop in a leek seedling, fill in hole). There’s not a vast amount of difference between the two plantings as this point, but I would say the leeks growing the Clevely way are perhaps just a bit thicker? The Clevely leeks are in the blue painted bed while the traditionally planted leeks are in the grey one.

We’ll do a real comparison test when it comes to harvest-time but I’m certainly not as worried about the Clevely way as I was when we did the original planting, at which point it felt a bit like leek neglect.

Today I had to go and water the plot at lunchtime which is most odd and unusual, and probably more or less a waste of time, but as neither of us can get to the allotment again until Sunday, it was a question of water in the heat of the day , or don’t water at all, and I we have too many seedling plants to take the risk of not watering for three days. My haul today was broad beans, peas, strawberries and sweet peas, which was some compensation for having to stand for an hour in the sun, holding a hosepipe.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, June 25, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

well both leeks seem to be doing well so I guess leeks don't mind too much what you do with them....I agree that one looks slightly thicker however there's time for them too catch up with each other yet!

June 26, 2010 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya, I hope our luck continues - with this hot dry weather we're very worried about leek rust and watering as often as possible: the good thing about the holes is that you can give each leek a really long drink without watering the surrounding soil which is wasteful.

July 8, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

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