With all the warm and wet weather that we've had recently the garden has been shooting up, but it's also been difficult to spend time out there gardening due to it being so wet. Our veg plot is ready for things to be planted, but to be honest I'm a bit behind schedule in doing so.
However, there are a few crops still in the ground that have been growing at speed recently. A long, long time ago I had my first attempts at growing leeks from seed and after a very slow start I'm delighted to say that the above photo shows the first of the crop brought in to our kitchen for inclusion in Saturday night's dinner.
The last week has seen the leeks put on quite a big growth spurt and I actually think they would have been fine to harvest a few weeks back, but it was only this weekend that I actually had the mental capacity to pull together a recipe including leeks with actually bringing them in from the garden.
I'm delighted to say that they were delicious and tasted exactly as leeks should do! I realise that may sound like the obvious, but not all my growing from seed experiments have been entirely successful in the past. The only problem with the crop is just how long they spend in the ground – for someone with a small plot like ourselves that does mean that part of the plot is tied up for quite a long period, meaning that nothing else can be grown there. For as long as we just have the plot space we do I think we'll hold fire on leeks in the future, but if more growing space comes available I'll certainly be planting another crop.