Watering Cans and Leeks
Perhaps you would like to check out three new additions to our Sundry list on our on line shop. They are watering cans in 3, 5 and 8 litre capacity. Item 0086, Item 0087 and Item 0088. They are galvanised and painted over in green and the 8 litre can has a very fine fitted mesh on top of the filling aperture to prevent any dirt or grit getting in and blocking the rose. These are brand new on the market and in my opinion superb value for money. They are lightweight and well balanced with the 3 litre can being perfect for light greenhouse work.
Last Thursday whilst at the University glasshouse in Aber I decided to change the 9 inch collars on my Pendle Improved leeks and extend them to 12 inches. I was very surprised to see that the button was nearly level with the top of the collar and the root plate is approximately an inch below the compost surface. This of course means that the blanch is already at around 10 inches in length which is much longer than I first thought.
The collars are made from a bubble like material around quarter of an inch thick with one side silvered. I cut the collar to measure 12 inches by 15 inches so that at the next stage I can simply remove the collar and roll it up in the opposite direction to give me a height of 15 inches. I had about three rolls of this material kindly given to me and as far as I am aware they are used in the construction industry as a form of insulation material. I don’t their cheap but they will last for years, particularly if you plan ahead and cut them to the correct sizes so that one piece will give you two lifts on the button.
The beauty of them is that they are quite rigid and the silver side facing outwards to reflect the light from the barrel helps keep the leek cool. I have used this on my celery as well with equal success.