You recall that I plant my leeks by first ploughing a trench, then I take a tulip bulb planter and make the hole even deeper to plant the leek plantlet into. I pour some water into the hole then drop the leek into it, and then a tiny bit of soil so that the plantlet will stand straight up. Over the ensuing days and weeks the hole becomes filled and the leek plant begins to grow taller. As more time passes, the trench is filled-in and mounded up, so that where the ploughed soil excess was now becomes a deep furrow and all the plants are then growing out of a mounded-up row. Now then; at a certain moment, when the leek foliage is at the correct height, I slip paper towel tubes over the plants to create a longer length of white-blanched stem. The reason for this is no doubt obvious to a leek eater— it is the white bit that one eats. My goal was then, to create more processable leeks to freeze-in. Here are some pics to illustrate the result. The upper leek is a normal planting, without a tube. The lower leek had a tube. You can easily see that the white section is clearly longer. Here are a few mixed together: I am well chuffed with this result. Here they are, cleaned and trugged-up and ready to go home: The tits are dining on top of the feeding table. They are eating drone larvae removed from my hives. We enjoy our little feathered friends so much during the frequent pauses.