It’s always a pleasure to go over to the Emerald Isle to Judge the Tullamore Show in Co Offaly. This must have been my sixteenth year over there and the standard of the exhibits seems to be improving year on year. This has to be the biggest one day show anywhere, both in Ireland and […]Read more..
I had a phone call this morning from Miles Mercer to say that his father had passed away last Friday. Frank was 84 and lived on the Wirral. He was a brilliant vegetable grower with an allotment that many would be proud to have as a front garden. Frank was one of the few early […]Read more..
Every time I judge the RHS Tatton Park Sumer Show I find that the vegetables appear to be fresher than at any other show. A classic case of this were the dish of Broad Beans shown by Gordon Lucas from Crewe. The nine pods were really bright green with 9 beans in the pod that […]Read more..
Further to my earlier article on Common Scab and as a reply to Simon Smith, I did a trial last Spring on two Kestrel potatoes that had scab, one had far too much scab on for exhibition and the other was even worse and just fit for pigs! I planted both in my own potato […]Read more..
I was quite a bit later than usual in sowing my parsnips this year, this was deliberate as I only needed them for my display at Malvern during the last weekend in September. I would normally sow them on or around the 7th February but as Victor is an early variety I thought that […]Read more..
We’ve just had a lovely penetrating shower of rain this morning that I was really thankful for, we have had very little rain here on the island over the past month and when we lift the potatoes from the field they come up clean as a whistle with not a bit of soil attached to […]Read more..
I have just had some pictures sent me from a grower of a possible new tomato that, if it’s released in time, will be in my new catalogue for next season. It produces show size fruit with a calyx that spans the whole width of the tomato with a plus feature that it tastes lovely […]Read more..
I was informed by the breeder of the show winning tomato Zenith that it’s now available to me once more after much pressure from myself to have it re instated. The phone calls I had expressing disappointment from growers regarding its demise from last years shop speaks volumes regarding it’s superb quality in every way. […]Read more..
I have had far more problems with carrot fly since I have been growing down on my land than I ever did whilst growing them at home. If you read some of the gardening books they will tell you that the carrot fly won’t fly over a two foot barrier of polythene erected around the […]Read more..
Ecothrive – Charge – is a product created by Gareth Hopcroft and is fast becoming well recognised by many top growers within the gardening world and in particular with NVS members. I have to admit that I had nver heard of ‘Charge’ as it’s generaly called until I hard Gareth Cameron extoling it’s virues at […]Read more..