Monday, January 16

Replenishing stocks

When we visited the plot last week we only harvested a few things to top up our stock of vegetables.

Whenever possible and weather permitting we try combining our harvesting with a little work. Last week the little work was for me more tidying of our rose/perennial bed whilst Martyn treated our fruit tree to a winter wash. He has posted about this here.
We only harvested sprouts and leeks which will be shared with my sister. As you can see the leeks haven't followed the example of our giant carrots and parsnips.

Last week's carrots and parsnips are still keeping us supplied and so there was no need to dig up more. Just one root is providing us with plenty for two or more meals and in answer to some questions posed last week - yes despite the size they taste good and are not in the slightest bit woody.

The roots keep well outside under cover to keep them dry and we also have our onions, shallots and squash stored in the summerhouse and potatoes in the garage so we will survive even if the weather prevents a plot visit.

I am linking to Harvest Monday at Michelle's blog  From Seed to Table 
Michelle is standing in whist Dave has a well earned break.

18 comments:

  1. Leeks and sprouts, two of my favourites. I must get round to giving my trees a winter wash, I was disappointed that my plum tree got leaf curl last year so I don't want that to happen again.

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    1. It's recommended that you give a wnter wash twice before the trees start to shoot, Jo. Ours hopefully eill be sprayed again next month.

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  2. You can make a good meal out of leeks and potatoes

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  3. Your leeks look much better than any that I've managed to grow. They do so poorly for me that I officially gave up on them, they're on the buy list rather than the grow list now.

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    1. We all have some challenges that we end up giving up on, Michelle

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  4. I love leeks. They are a bit fickle to grow out here. Nothing better than potato and leek soup.

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    1. Surprisingly so far I haven't made any soup, Bonnie

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  5. I tried growing leeks once, but didn't have much luck with them. I suspect they needed a lot more water than what I give them. So-yours are very very nice compared to what I've seen.

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    1. I'm feeling better about those leeks now, Sue :-)

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  6. Those leeks look fab - baby leeks, that's why they cost more ;-)

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    1. That's one way of looking at it, Belinda.

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  7. This year my Musselburgh leeks have been very good in the sense that they produced long thick white stems ,because I planted them deep.
    However they are about 3 months ahead of last years and the green tops went over quickly and the bases are starting to rot in the wet soil.Both lots well fed and cared for in raised loose soil.
    Conversely the sprouts are miles behind.

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    1. I think maybe our leeks were a little later than they should have been planted, David.

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  8. I'm always amazed how you manage to harvest something each week...those leeks look lovely, you have me thinking of potato and leek soup....one of my favourites.xxx

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    1. We don't manage every week, Dina but more due to poor weather keeping us away from the plot.

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  9. My leeks still looking like spring onions (and that was an early sowing - I have a later sowing in a pot at home that never got planted out - don't tell anyone though)

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