Har­vest leeks

Gardeners' World - - Fruit & Veg -

Leeks can pro­vide crops from sum­mer right through win­ter and into spring, if you sow suc­ces­sive batches of early, mid- and late­sea­son va­ri­eties. These then need to be har­vested in the right or­der, be­cause the ear­li­est va­ri­eties don’t keep as well out­side in the cold­est win­ter tem­per­a­tures, but the later va­ri­eties are per­fectly hardy. To har­vest, use a fork to loosen the soil, then lift the plant out with its roots in­tact. Wash off the soil in a bucket, then trim off the roots and the long strappy leaves. The de­bris can be put on the com­post heap. Leeks can be used in­stead of onions in soups, stews and stir-fries. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days and any ex­cess can be frozen.

Lift a few leeks now to make into a hearty leek and potato soup

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