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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:32 pm
by Systema_Naturae
Leeks are amongst the easiest vegetable garden crops to grow, yet many people are disenchanted with them not growing to harvest size with the predominantly white base, as shop-bought ones have.

The best way to overcome this is the humble toilet roll. When planting seedlings, slip an empty toilet roll over the seedling and grow on as usual. The toilet roll has a 2-fold benefit - it protects the young seedlings from wind damage, which can be problematic when they're young, and also stops the light getting to the base of the plant, which results in white bases like the shop-bought ones!

Perfect leeks every time!


Re: Leeks

PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:10 pm
by Sam
Couldn't agree more, John - we've just started doing this and they are looking better already. The kids were a bit confused, though...couldn't work out who'd put the rolls in the garden. Getting up a good supply for the rest of them.

Re: Leeks

PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:27 pm
by jayendra
If only I lived in a house of 4 girls! Well now I know how to do it I will start saving. Does the same apply for celery or should I use something sturdier, wider and longer?