Plant list

Tried and tested

Plants which grow well and produce a worthwhile yield, that I like and that have survived at least one winter with temperatures down to minus fifteen degrees centigrade.

Still on parole

Plants which I have in the garden and which show promise, but which I haven’t tried eating yet, which haven’t survived a winter yet or which I’m just generally not sure of.

Cruelly rejected

Plants which haven’t done well in the climate here, that have behaved badly, that don’t produce a worthwhile yield, that are far too fiddly to harvest or that I simply don’t like. This last is, of course, a matter of personal taste.

Wish list

A case of my eyes being bigger than my allotment.

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2 thoughts on “Plant list

  1. Hello Alan
    You kindly shared your thoughts about my Portobello allotment plans some months ago. I hope you had a good growing season, I feel 2014 was pretty successful overall. I am excited to have acquired some interesting multiplying onions from the U.S. & am hoping to get more perennial leeks. I have planted some big leek offset bulbs & have a Babington leek, also a leek flower head with many plantlets which I will prick out.
    I wondered if you have any experience with Allium ampeloprosum Perlzwiebel (Pearl Onion) or similar (e.g. Oerprei). And if you might sell / trade? I did grow elephant garlic but did not eat the bulbs much, preferring real garlic. These other varieties of ampeloprosum seem to make more edible leaves & shank which I would use more in the kitchen.
    Yours, Alex

    • Hi Alex. I grow Babington leek, but not a named variety. For some reason it had a very bad year and grew poorly this year, but usually it grows well and produces a nice head of mixed bulbils and flowers. It makes a nice leek with a decent length of shank. The main drawback is that it is only tender for a short period in the spring, starting to make a somewhat tough bulb soon after. It still fills a gap in the leek season nicely though.

      I always like the number of ways in which you can propagate leeks. I have a few bulb offsets in myself this year and one of my allotment neighbours has planted several heads of plantlets which are growing away nicely.

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