Leek trial update
Kate Collyns - 08 July 2013
Hurrah, I managed to dig up all my leeks from the polytunnel and transplant them outside last Thursday and Friday. There were nine rows of leeks altogether, each row about 15m long: 3 x Bandit, 3 x Hannibal, 1 x Axima, 1 x Zermatt, and 1 x trial variety Long de Mézières. The size of the transplants varied slightly, as was the number of plants per row. The total weight of the transplants were as follows:
- Axima: 2.29kg
- Bandit: 5.28kg (1.76kg/row)
- Hannibal: 7.62kg (2.54kg/row)
- Long de Mézières: 1.86kg
- Zermatt: 2.11kg
Bandit looks like it should have been the 'worst', but actually that included a large number of very small leeks (one row was in a very wet and weedy part of the tunnel which may have affected germination). The trial Long variety had fewer transplants, but what was there was of a good size.
They are all now sitting in the field, and looked a bit cross when first planted out, but have perked up a bit now and don't look so limp. Just a couple of months before I can try some baby leeks for a taste test...
Kate set up Grown Green @ Hartley Farm in 2010, a two-acre market garden in Wiltshire between Bath and Bradford on Avon, selling to farm shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. There are three polytunnels, herb beds and a small field for other vegetables and flowers.
The seed variety field lab is looking into Open Pollinated (OP) seed varieties available to non-organic growers and trialling them in organic systems with a view to either creating a demand for them organically or saving them on farm for use in subsequent years. The field lab is part of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme which is aiming to improve productivity, quality and environmental performance in organic and low-input agriculture.
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