Sowing Dates for Exhibition Vegetable Growers

13th Dec 2001

To continue with the sowing dates and best varieties to use for showing towards the end of August and the end of September. This small series of articles has come about as a result of several phone calls and letters from growers who regularly request information regarding timing their vegetables for certain shows. The growers chosen were selected because they grew an extensive range of vegetables as well as living at different locations throughout the country.

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The timings given will obviously vary and if you are located nowhere near any of those selected then you can make a good calculated guess taking the sowing dates from the nearest location to you. You must not of course take any of these dates as gospel, many things can still put a spanner in the works, in particular the great British weather which can be totally unpredictable.

Cauliflowers and Peas for instance do vary greatly with the weather and can often mature weeks earlier than planned for. With cauliflowers in particular it never pays to depend on just the one single sowing as this could be a disaster. To guarantee that you have heads for as given show time, use the dates given by the various growers and then batch sow some more, 7 days before and after their sowing dates, just to be on the safe side.

The third grower to offer his sowing dates is Bob Herbert from Mosborough Derbyshire. Bob is a certainly one of the country's top growers and has been particularly successful with cauliflower's and celery having won the NVS Championships on more than one occasion. He is currently Chairman of his local District Association and Vice Chairman of the Northern Branch committee. For his unstinting service to the society he was  awarded the Gold Medal this year which is the Societies highest honour.

Bob is well known throughout the country having traveled extensively lecturing on numerous topics to do with vegetables and is always prepared to help any up and coming novice grower with words of wisdom gleaned from years of solid experience. Bob is also a very highly respected National judge.

Here are Bobs' varieties and their sowing dates for those on the list that he grows:-

Kind

Cultivar

1st Show Date

2nd Show Date

Comments

Globe Beet

Pablo

17th April

7th July

 

Long Beet

Regar

8th April

22nd April

28th April

12th May

Grown in 40 gallon drums

Broad Bean

Jubilee -

Hysor

6th May

One sowing

sown in cold greenhouse in

4 inch pots

Green Cabbage

Marathon

25th February

17th March

Sown in cold greenhouse in 40 modules potted on into 4 inch pots in J Innes compost

Red Cabbage

Autoro

11th February

10th March

Will hold well in rows

Runner Bean

Stenner selection

6th May

9th June

Sow in 4 inch pots in greenhouse

French Bean

The Prince

17th June

21st July

Sow in 4 inch pots in greenhouse

Carrots Long

Own Selection New Red

4th March

7th April

Grow in 40 gallon drums on top of raised beds filled with sand

Carrots Stump

Gringo and Yukon

8th April

21st April

Grown on raised beds filled with sand

Cauliflower

Virgin, Beauty and Mexico

27th May

16th June (Amerigo and Virgin)

Sown in Multicell 40s, potted on into 4 inch pots

Trench Celery

Own sel Ideal

Evening Star

Red Star

Morning Star

28th January

4th March

4th March

4th March

3rd March

7th April

7th April

7th April

Start them off in a propagator at 70F. Pot on into 4 inch pots using J Innes 1 and then into 5inch pots in J Innes 3

Cucumber

Carmen and Jessica

1st  July

27th July

Sow in propagator at 70F when germinated pot on into 4 inch pots

Lettuce Butterhead

Nancy

17th June

21st July

Sow in Cold greenhouse in Multicell 40s

Table Marrow

Table Dainty

1st July

29th July

Sow in propagator at 70F then pot on into 4 inch pots

Onions over 250 gram

Re selected Kelsae

28th December

one sowing

Sow in propagator at 70F then pot on when at seedling stage

Onions under 250 gram

Buffalo, Bison and Toughball

14th February

One sowing

Sow in propagator at 70F then pot on when at seedling stage

Parsnips

Gladiator and Javelin

25th February

11th March

Grown in 40 gallon drums of sand

Peas

Show Perfection

13th May

3rd June

Sow in cold greenhouse in 4 inch pots

Potatoes

Winston

Kestrel

Maxine

Harmony

22nd April

26th May

Grow in black polythene bags using peat based compost

Radish

Cherry Bell

15th July

18th August

Grow in Gro bags and keep well watered

Tomatoes

Cheetah Goldstar and Typhoon

20th May

20th June

Sow in propagator at 70F in Multicell 40s. Transplant young seedlings into 5 inch pots in J Innes 3

Turnips

Purple Milan

1st July

4th August

 

To continue with the sowing dates and best varieties to use for showing towards the end of August and the end of September. This small series of articles has come about as a result of several phone calls and letters from growers who regularly request information regarding timing their vegetables for certain shows. The growers chosen were selected because they grew an extensive range of vegetables as well as living at different locations throughout the country.
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