With winter rapidly approaching it’s wise to take some precautions against your winter veg becoming frozen in the ground. There’s nothing worse than not being able to harvest when you need those fresh veggies the most in the depths of winter. The technique of healing in leeks is tried and tested. Just dig a trench, put the harvested leeks in at an angle, pull the soil back over the blanched stems and firm with your heal. They will keep like this for weeks and are more accessible when the ground is frozen, freeing up ground that can be dug over and manured ready for spring. Last year they combined with leftover turkey in Jamie Oliver’s Turkey & Leek Pie……..delicious!!
For storing root veg, such as carrots or parsnips, I use an old wine box filled with sharp sand. Just layer the veg and cover with sand, this will keep them nice and fresh for weeks and ensure you always have a supply when the ground is iced over.