The Veg Plot

Dib, dib, dib… how to plant out leeks

Dibbing in young leeks

This evening I snuck off to the plot and planted out my young leeks – an almost scientific process known as ‘dibbing in’. This involves boring small, deep holes into which the leeks are dropped, then filling with water. The water causes earth to crumble and nestle loosely around the stem allowing it to grow in the dark, eventually producing long, white leeks come harvest time.

There are two specialist tools available for creating the holes. The first choice is a tapered wooden or metal device with a small handle known as a ‘dibber’. The second, and my preference, is called a stick.

Seeds sown: Leek ‘Musselburgh’, Johnsons Seeds

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