Lift­ing leeks anda see­ing to straw­ber­ries

Garden News (UK) - - Tales From The Allotment -

The pace of win­ter crop har­vest­ing is grow­ing and at last I can lift my first leek. Th­ese ver­sa­tile veg­eta­bles add a great deal of flavour to my wife’s dishes. A few have de­cided to send up seed heads and ren­der them use­less. How­ever, most have grown well in their plas­tic tubes and will have long, white shanks. Care­fully lift from the soil us­ing a fork, then slide the tube off the leek. If the tube’s dif­fi­cult to re­move dip the whole lot into a wa­ter bu and this will lu­bri­cate the leek to slide eas­ily from the tube. You’ll have a long white, straight leek for the pot. My new straw­berry bed has es­tab­lished it­self well and the plants look in great shape. Be­fore the worst of the weather sets in I clean out all the new weed seedlings that have ger­mi­nated among them and loosen the soil. To fin­ish, I mulch in be­tween them with mush­room com­post to beef up the soil and give fur­ther pro­tec­tion to the roots. I’m al­ready dream­ing of all those lus­cious red berries early next sum­mer!

Mulching my straw­ber­ries

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