I am the first to say that a lot of gardening is trial and error, I am sure no-one will disagree with this. Even the most experienced gardener will suffer failure. For some inexplicable reason, seeds just don’t germinated regardless of the fact that they are ones you have used before and grown in a tried and tested manner. Plants decide not to flower, when they have flowered prolifically in earlier years and vegetables turn tail and disappear completely.
Last year I grew leeks, from seed. I was so pleased with myself, I had never grown leeks before. Pride comes before a fall. They were very slow to germinate, in fact very slow to do anything actually. The one thing they did achieve was to survive the winter. “One” thing is very relevant really because only ONE leek grew. I pulled it up this morning.
Everyone want a laugh at my expense? Alternatively you could feel a little sadness at my inability to grow a decent sized leek! This is the true size of my leek.
Not to be deterred, I will try again this year. I intend to grow a number of good sized healthy looking leeks – just watch me. In the meantime, any ideas of where I went wrong and some growing tips please?