All posts tagged leeks

  • wpid-imag1164.jpgLady Christl potatoes sprouting
  • wpid-imag1160.jpgSlow worm in the leeks
  • wpid-imag1161.jpgFreshly dug over and planted King Edwards, with remaining leeks and overwintered garlic

Potato Planting

We have already planted a couple of rows of Lady Christl first early potatoes, which are just beginning to sprout through the soil.  We have now dug over and planted King Edward seed potatoes as our maincrop.  In between the two, we still have a row of leeks still standing, and the garlic we have overwintered, which has now begun to develop with the spring weather.  While we were digging, we found a slow worm in amongst the leeks, which didn’t seem to be all that bothered by our activity.

  • wpid-IMAG0880.jpgLeeks sweated with chorizo
  • wpid-IMAG0881.jpgLeek and chorizo carbonara

Leek and chorizo carbonara

Homegrown leeks go really well with a carbonara sauce and pasta.  They are just sweated for a short time with a few slices of chorizo, and then cooked pasta and double cream and beaten eggs added to create a carbonara sauce.

  • wpid-IMAG0874.jpgLeeks
  • wpid-IMAG0875.jpgProvence garlic

Winter leeks and overwintering garlic

At the moment, we are able to take some leeks from the garden on a regular basis.  They are not the thickest or tallest of leeks, but they are obviously really useful in the kitchen, and it’s great to still have some productivity in the garden despite the appalling weather.

The overwintering garlic is struggling on, but the soil is so waterlogged, and has been for weeks, that the bulbs could well be vulnerable to rotting.

Christmas Harvest

wpid-IMAG0783.jpgFor Christmas Day we have taken a few leeks, three sticks of sprouts, some salsify and a couple of red cabbages that have not been destroyed by snails.