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Competition Winning Pumpkin and the Consequent Glut…..!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender November 4, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
Our 14kg pumpkin!

The allotment we belong to holds an annual Halloween pumpkin growing competition. We’d never grown a pumpkin before, but thought we’d enter and have it as another vegetable ticked off our ‘attempted to grow’ list. We were given a Big Max seedling in May which we planted into a circular trench to aid water retention (unbeknownst to us we didn’t really need to worry about that given this year’s summer deluge!). We dug plenty of compost into the trench from the allotment compost heap, minus the little bits of plastic bags and general non-biodegradable rubbish that inevitably finds it’s way into communal compost heaps, along with a couple of spades of straw. We thought the addition of straw would add aeration around the root system. We hadn’t read that this was necessarily

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Battle of the Giant Veg

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender September 19, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 3 Comments

Among all the wonderful displays and classes of flowers, fruit and vegetables at this years Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, one of the highlights must be the giant vegetable classes. The growing of giant vegetables is a great hobby with many folks, but for some it borders on an obsession. These folks dedicate all their gardens and plots over to the growing of huge perfect speciemen vegetables, hoping to beat not only their fellow competitors, but to hopefully grow a world record breaking vegetable. These exhibition growers give so much of their time and so much effort to produce amazing produce, showing what can be done with seed and soil, combined with dedication. On show were simply amazing vegetables, huge cabbages, marrows, beans, tomatoes and potatoes. One of the giant vegetable clas

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