Calderbank, Daniel A. Canny Leek Growing

ISBN 13: 9780946707034

Canny Leek Growing

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"Canny Leek Growing" describes everything you want to know about leeks, from their historical development to the best methods of growing them (a subject that has been shrouded in mystery). This book, which is written by an expert who has developed his own leek strains and new methods of cultivation, sets out clearly the main points involved in growing long, intermediate and pot leeks. It is essential reading for all leek enthusiasts because it provides invaluable, unique information which should enable both novice growers and experienced exhibitors to grow bigger and better ('canny') leeks. Contents: List of illustrations; Introduction; SECTION ONE: 1. The History of Leeks in General; 2. Leeks in the North East of England; 3. Pot Leeks in the North East - the Formative Years; 4. Pot Leeks - Nation-wide. SECTION TWO: 5. The Greenhouse: Light, Draughtproofing, Structure, Ventilation, Space, Heating; 6. Leek Cultivation - in the Greenhouse: Growing mediums and fertilizers for use in pots; Growing from seed; Growing from 'grass' leeks; Growing from dormant and semi-dormant pods; Pods or seed?; Leek clones (strains) and their selection; Timing for exhibition; Transplanting; Lengthening the leeks; 7. Leek Cultivation - Outdoor: Preparation of the Soil; Soil Sterilization; Soil Analysis, manures and fertilizers for the trench; Planting Out; Stripping the foliage; Preparation for the Show; After the Show; The Seeding Leek; 8. Diseases, Pests and Problems: Diseases: Leek Rust; White Tip; Botrytis; White Rot; Pink Rot (root rot); Black Rot; Viruses. Pests: Soil Pests, Slugs, Aphids; Leek Moth; Thrips; Scale Insects; Weeds; Cats; Birds. Miscellaneous Problems: ball games, wind damage, short leeks, long leeks, bolting, splitting, suckers, white tips, yellow leaves, poor rot development, theft and vandalism. 9. Judging. 10. Leeks and Leek Shows of Modern Times. Recipes. Song: Canny Leek; Bibliography; The Calderbank Standards - Tables of Leek Measurements; Index

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Describing the best methods of growing leeks for culinary use or for exhibition, together with the historical development of this garden crop, this work is written by an author who has developed his own leek strains and new methods of cultivation.

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