I’ve been away for the last week at a web conference and I haven’t had two minutes together to post anything here – how’s that for irony? But I’m back now and what a joy it was to come home to see that my little clutch of leeks are now ready for harvest. I can honestly say that I think they’re the biggest leeks I’ve ever grown. I sowed them back in April and planted them around June time. They must like the sandy, free-draining soil.
The only thing I would do differently next year is plant them a little further apart. They don’t need that much room to grown since all of their growing is of the vertical variety, however their root systems are pretty hefty and when it comes to digging them up it’s impossible to just dig up one leek if they are planted too close together. Mine are planted about 6 or 7 cm apart. Next time I’ll give them at least 10 or 12 cm to be on the safe side.
I found two lovely recipes with Leeks from Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook. The first is ‘Leek and Goat’s Cheese Tart’, the second is ‘Haddock with Creamed Leek’. Both of them have been tried, eaten and loved already. Does anyone else have some tried and tested Leek recipes? I really do have a shocking amount of Leek this year!