Sunday, 1 May 2011

202 leeks...


In honour of Paul Mealor's fabulous piece of music at the Royal Wedding, I've just planted out 202 leeks...



I think I should also mention Karl Jenkins in the same post, as he is doing some great things as well and he's come a long way from the days of Soft Machine!

Floreat daffodil...

7 comments:

rvi said...

er... bon appetit then? One for each of the Welsh rugby supporters for the next match in Cardiff?

Is there some significance to the number or have I missed something?

[PS: Just for the record, having cloth ears, I do not like that music very much]

Scrobs... said...

No, there's no magic in that number Reevers, in fact it's now 309 leeks, as we're having such a dry spring, the onions and shallots are barely getting a grip, so more leeks is the answer...

And maybe a few less Cardiff grins as well!

Music thing is purely subjective, it just struck a chord while I was watching the wedding, and Paul Mealor was interviewed on TV the next morning. He seemed a pretty good sort of bloke to me.

rvi said...

Jolly good! Hope you good lady has a few recipes in her book for leek soup, one of my favourite starters. Lots of suggestions if you Google leek soup recipes.

Scrobs... said...

They are primarily for soups Reevers.

I could live off leek and potato soup...

rvi said...

Talking of soup...

When we lived in Africa, like most expats we had a big house and an extensive garden (plus of course the usual local staff assistance) wherein we used to grow many of our own veggies.

The gardener had split the cultivating area into a number of 12ft x 4 ft plots and we successfully grew all manner of things.

One day I gave him a packet of (smuggled in from the UK) lettuce seeds with instructions to only plant 10 that week and 10 the next week and so on in order to ensure a steady supply of lettuces for the foreseeable future.

However, he either was not listening, misunderstood, or plain forgot because when I asked him for the packet back he told me he had thrown it away as he had planted all the seeds it had contained.

Thus a few weeks later we had about 200 heads of lettuce merrily sprouting away in the sunshine.

We ate a few, and gave quite a lot away, but the rest were consigned to the blender and made into several gallons of quite delightful lettuce soup, split up into 2-person portions, and frozen.

It was our regular starter for many weeks thereafter.

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Scrobs... said...

Lettuce soup - now there's an idea, because I've never tried it!

Mrs S has managed to keep a row of lettuce going all winter, and it's now thriving; such that we're in full salad mode before we are due!

I'm usually hopeless at successional sowing as you mentioned, and tend to make sure I get something moving pretty quick, however, this year, we're making sure we continue through to the Autumn as planned...

The leeks stay in the ground all winter anyway, as do the carrots, salsify, etc.

And also the couch grass does as well, and the docks, and the bindweed...