Sowing Dates from the top Showmen

3rd Jan 2002

The first date was the 26th August 2002 which is the timing for the Welsh Branch championships at Margam Park South Wales. The second sowing date is the 29th September, this being the sowing date for the National Vegetable Society Championships which are held next year as part of the Malvern Autumn Show.
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This is my fifth article on the sowing dates that top showmen use in different parts of the country for a given show date. The dates selected were to coincide with two major shows in the country that these growers have competed in. The first date was the 26th August 2002 which is the timing for the Welsh Branch championships at Margam Park South Wales. The second sowing date is the 29th September, this being the sowing date for the National Vegetable Society Championships which are held next year as part of the Malvern Autumn Show.

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The fifth grower to offer his sowing dates for the above dates is John Soulsby from the Gateshead area, up in the North east of the Country. John has been growing vegetables for many years and has a registered leek nursery at his home where he propagates many different varieties of both pot and blanch leek.

John is an ex Chairman of the National Pot Leek Society as well as being a national pot leek judge. Over the years he has won many open shows with his pot leeks and at the highest level came second in the National Pot leek Society Show, believe me to get into the top ten at this particualr championships is some feat in itself. John also came second in the World championship show at Ashington.

He has won many open shows with a variety of vegetables and is well known around the area for his superb collection of vegetables which he won at Houghton Le Skern. I judges the vegetable side of Houghton Le Skern show on two consecutive years and I well remember John winning the short carrot class with a superb pair of Chantenay type carrots. This was no ordinary class either with the standard being exceptionally high and it took me along time to sort out the wheat from the chaff. The main problem then was the stipulation that every entry had to be staged with the foliage attached. As there was well in excess of sixty entries in this class with the roots staged on top of other carrots' foliage it was really a nightmare just to get at them.

John has also won the North of England Championships at Cramlington High Pit and also the World Championships at Willows in Walker. Only this year John has won with collections at nine local village shows. To say that John is an enthusiastic gardener would be an understatement, particularly when one considers that he gets up before 4 am every morning to run his large floral business as well. He is an excellent public speaker, oozing with confidence and has given three talks at my gardening weekend and every time he has left the audience hungry for more information.

Here are John's sowing dates for those varieties on the list that he grows:-

Kind

Cultivar

1ST Show Date 26/08

2nd Show Date 29/09

Comments

Globe Beet

Pablo

15th - 25th April

15th - 25th May

Sow directly into the open ground

Long Beet

Long Black

20th March

20th April

all grown under cover

Broad Bean

Giant Exhibition Autumn Sown Just the one sowing Sow directly in the open garden

Green Cabbage

Globemaster

25th March

25th April

Greenhouse sown and potted on into 4 inch pots

Red Cabbage

Autoro

5th March

20th March

Greenhouse sown and potted on into 4 inch pots

Runner Bean

Not Grown . . .

French Bean

Re selected Prince

10th April

25th April

Sown outside with protection for early sowing

Carrots Long

Own re selected seed

10th April

25th April

grown in barrels of sand under specially constructed covers

Carrots Stump

Gringo

25th April

6th May

grown in sand under covers

Cauliflower

Memphis

Virgin

5th May

Successional sowings every ten days from the 5th May

greenhouse sown and potted up into 4 inch pots

Trench Celery

Evening Star

Red Star

Morning Star (new hybrids)

14th February

 

20th March

Greenhouse sown and potted up into 4 litre pots

Cucumber

Carmen

20th March

10th April

Greenhouse grown

Lettuce Butterhead

Not Grown . . .

Table Marrow

Not Grown . . .

Onions over 250 gram

Kelsae (Derek Raw selection)

20th December

5th January

Greenhouse sown under artificial lights

Onions under 250 gram

Derek Raw

4th January

. .

Parsnips

Javelin

20th February

25th March

Grown in barrels of sand under specially constructed covers.

Peas

Show Perfection

20th March

one sowing only .

Potatoes

Winston

Kestrel

 

25th May

through to the 5th June

.

Radish

Not Grown . . .

Tomatoes

Solution

10th February

5th April

.

Turnips

Not Grown . . .

 


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