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Sorry ,but I need a leek!

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snottiegobble starts with ...
Absolutely the biggest I ever grew!
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amanda says...
Unreal snottie!! I just paid $2.95 for one, a third the size, the other day!!
Leek, potatoe and roasted parsnip soup...mmmm..leek, tomatoe and prawn quiche...mmmm..lucky u!
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amanda19
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30th August 2010 3:15pm
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snottiegobble says...
How about leek wrapped in ham with cheese sauce/ dijon mustard poured over it?
Well Amanda it took me years but I finally developed the perfect ARSNIP & it will be revealed soon.
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Jantina says...
hahaha snottiegobble, I hope you mean PARSNIP because if you have developed the perfect ARSNIP it sounds dangerous!
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Rev says...
leeks
such a divine flavour

seem so temperate, yet

what is the Torah and old test on about when they talk about the jews missing the leeks of egypt??

either a different species or??

i doubt its dif species as ive found leek tolerate then subtropics well.

Julie firth in Geraldton grows a perennial bunching leek (from egypt?)

i grew one in NNSW from another source
left alone it goes clumping, seperated in autum each stem fattens
so its like 'ranching leeks'

but the flavour of leek is incomparable to other alliums
its a thing to be treasured
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snottiegobble says...
Absolutely agree Rev, my favorite allium
also.
Sorry Jantina I did mean ARSNIP! Watch out for the NAUGHTY VEGGIE section, its about to re-surface!

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amanda says...
Hey snottie - did you need to do anything to get that nice long white part? (u know - like they do with celery etc - I think it's called blanching?)
Rev - that perennial leek sounds great! I will be visiting Julie this weekend I think!
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snottiegobble says...
No Amanda. the leek was actually bigger, but i stripped off the outer leaves which are also part of the leek body & are greener.
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russ says...
Amanda,
Some people hill the soil around their leeks to try and increase the white on the leeks. I personally just do as snottie does and remove the outter leaves.
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Brad says...
I'm growing my first batch of leek (they started from CCS I think) - how do you know when to harvest?
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snottiegobble says...
You can start to harvest them as soon as you like so it pays to have quite a lot planted to last you up to 12 months.
obviously the longer you leave them the bigger they get as long as you feed them. Right from being small plantings & those left after thinning they thrive on sheep manure, blood & bone,chicken manure pellets,seasol & seasol powerfeed. worm juice etc. Make sure the soil is slightly alkaline to start with & the sheep manure/worm juice will keep it that way.
Remember though i am in Sth West WA & most vegies particularly the alliums go quite well thru the winter, even chives make a quick return to being palatable. We are picking then now.
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Brad says...
ok people, help me out here, bit sad about this one. I haven't dug up the rest
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Cuong says...
Hi Brad, looks like maybe you didnt plant them deep enough to get a long white part?
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amanda says...
I was thinking of something similar Cuong - but "blanching" (hilling up the soil around the stem - or wrapping in cardboard) Maybe it's the variety Brad? U are not that far away from Snottie..

Where have u been hiding out anyway, Cuong? long time since we have heard from U! :)
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Lorna says...
In England they have two distinct types of leek. One is called the pot leek and is grown for its massive diameter. Shows have a special class for the one with the biggest girth. Then there are the classes for the long ones. They are quite different genetics. The long ones sometimes get grown in pvc tubes, adding soil to elongate the leeks blanched part. I just plant them quite deep when transplanting them as seedlings, but really enjoy the green part anyway, so am not that phased either way. Have you noticed the TV chefs throw the top part out!?!?!
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snottiegobble says...
So there you have it Brad, you may have the dreaded potleek :) !! Did you buy then as seedlings or sow seeds? You may still have the label or seed packet! As for the TV chefs well I enjoy the Master chef series aspecially the present kids one, but I wonder about what happens to all that raw food that they display particularly the seafood & meats. Would hate to think that it is wasted in any way!
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Cuong says...
Hi Amanda, I am still around. Just not as much time these days as I have a 5 month old :)
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amanda says...
That's understandable Cuong :)
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Brad says...
Snottie - they came from Charles Can't Spell's stash I think. I'm pretty sure its the straight variety - I suspected they simply need to be planted more deeply next time.

By green part - you mean leafy right? I don't have green 'oniony' bits. (i.e. not like asparagus where deny the stalks sunlight and they grow white)
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snottiegobble says...
Yes Brad, they are normally planted out in trenches with the leeks leaning against one wall & then watered in only. The gradual adding of sheep,chook pellets, etc & liquid fertilisers ensure that the white stems get covered as they grow.
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Brad says...
thanks all. my new neighbour was telling me leeks are commercially grown over 18 months and mine only went in this autumn. so that'd be a factor. Now I have to decide whether to dig em up and eat them or leave for the new owner... (to let die over summer for all I know)
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Grubs says...
I plant mine in tiolet paper rolls. Scoop out a hole, plant a seedling in the bottom of the hole and put a toilet roll over it then push the soil back into the hole around the outside of the toilet roll leaving the top of the roll flush with the soil surface. As the leeks grow I the mulch around them with lots of straw. By harvest time the toilet rolls have decomposed or the slugs have eaten them (takes some pressure of the growing seedling!) . Gives a bit of extra blanched length to the stems.
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