It seems to me that the leeks have been star vegetable on the allotment recently.
We planted them last spring and have been harvesting them for months.
Here are the latest ones dug up a couple of days ago.
They don't seem to suffer from pests or diseases and are happy to stay in the ground until ready to be lifted.
When I last looked in Waitrose 500g of trimmed leeks were £2, but since we were kindly given the leek seedlings last spring by mr digandweed's dad ( himself a keen gardener) they have cost us nothing!
In addition to all this, leeks are also very versatile
and for supper the other evening I made chicken and leek risotto.
Following a recipe for leek risotto with chestnuts from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Veg Everyday book as a basis, I used chicken stock and leftover chicken ( from a roast chicken meal earlier in the week) and substituted sauted mushrooms for the chestnuts.