2018 has not been a good year for leeks. At least not for me anyway. I have quite a large number in the ground to harvest over winter, however they are rather thin and windswept. This morning I also noticed that a few had developed the dreaded premature flower stalk.
The question at this point – is what to do? I can either pull the whole plant up and try and salvage what is left or take a more drastic and experimental approach.
I recall reading somewhere that bolted leeks can be cut right back to encourage new growth? I am not sure if this is a case of too little too late or whether there is any scientific basis behind this strategy. In any case – I decided to give it ago to see what happens.
Looking back on the season – I think my problem stems from sowing far too early in the season. I was too hasty back in early February and I have a feeling that this could be causing the lack of thickening substantial growth akin to a healthy leek?
Oh – well nothing lost and knowledge gained I suppose. If anyone has had a similar experience please comment and let me know.