leek 'Blue Solaise'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
An absolutely gorgeous heirloom French variety with a fantastic flavour and steely blue leaves that make a beautiful addition to the ornamental border – they're particularly beautiful dusted with frost. It's one of the hardiest leeks around, so you can leave it in the ground right through winter until you're ready to harvest its sturdy white shanks.
- Growing Instructions:Sow direct into shallow drills in a well-prepared seedbed in spring, and thin seedlings to 1cm apart. When seedlings are about pencil thickness, transplant to their final growing place, leaving 15cm between plants. For the longest white stems, dib a hole for each plant 15cm deep and drop the seedling in before filling the hole with water. Mulch plants with straw when the cold weather starts to prevent the soil freezing and you'll be able to get your leeks out of the ground right through winter.
- Sow: March-April
- Harvest: March-May
- Approximate quantity: 125 seeds
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 4/10/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 5/10/2006 by Crocus
Q:What veg can I grow with my runner beans?
Dad has grown runner beans on the same patch for years. Is it ok to grow leeks, kohlrabi, carrots and sprouts on this patch or even courgettes? I am trying to get a crop rotation underway but there is limited space.Asked on 22/3/2005 by Jan Hamilton-Taylor
A:The purpose of crop rotation is to reduce build-up of soil borne pests and diseases, and continuous cropping of the same vegetable can lead to an inbalance of soil nutrients. The plants you mention should be fine to grow in the same spot as the beans this year, but you will need to add plenty of organic matter to the area before planting and I wouldn't recommend growing the carrots or sprouts in the same spot next year. Even if the area is small, it really will help if you can try and work out a crop rotation to avoid problems in the future.Answered on 23/3/2005 by Crocus
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