The Joys of Showing!

by on July 4, 2014
in Vegetable Growing

Oh, the joys of growing for showing. Tatton Park Flower Show is now just over three weeks away and the recent consistent hot weather has played havoc with my timing. All the beetroot grown in metre square Link-a-Bords have grown already far too large and most of them have been eaten. I do have some […]

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A look around some plants for the Tatton Park Show.

by on May 25, 2014
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My carrots for Tatton Park are really doing well this year and I should be able to build four or five large baskets of the various varieties. Sweet Candle is naturally the main one and I have over a hundred of those grown in 2ft 6ins deep square containers that are around a metre square. […]

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Potato plants produced from a single potato

In my Blog on the 30th March I mentioned how I had received two new potatoes, one was a white oval called Libertie with excellent potential for showing whilst the other had a bright red skin named Red Cheftain that would be ideal on my display stand. It is of course very difficult to ascertain […]

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by on April 27, 2014
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To date I have one whole bed of Sweet Candle carrots sown with 266 bore holes in the bed, these are hopefully for the Welsh and National as well as for my Malvern display. Each bore hole is spaced out domino fashion at 6 inches apart and the holes were cored out with a pipe […]

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New World Record

by on April 23, 2014
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Heartiest congratulations to Peter Glazebrook on smashing the current World Record for the heaviest Cauliflower. Peter weighed two on Easter Monday, the first one was only 51.15lb (23.22Kg) but the larger plant (the one featured on my blog) weighed 60.54lb (27.485kg) beating the existing 1999 record of 54lb 3oz (24.6kg). The trimming and weighing was witnessed by two […]

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Peter Glazebrook Onions

by on April 2, 2014
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The exceptionally mild Winter we have experienced seems to be suiting Peter Glazebrook as his onions seem to be doing really well. These photos were taken on the 31st March with the onions on 16 green leaves which means that the youngest leaf is number 20, over halfway through leaf production already as he has never had […]

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Cutting up seed potatoes

by on March 30, 2014
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Two days ago I was given two brand new potatoes to grow, one a very white oval variety with very smooth skin and shallow eyes called Libertie whilst the other is a brilliant red colour but the eyes may be a little deeper called Red Cheftain. I really wanted these for my display at Tatton […]

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New growing Medium – F1S

by on March 25, 2014
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I have managed to get Everris (Levington) to make up a Pallet for me of F1S, this is in the same ratio of sand to peat plus Coir as the F2S. The regular F1 product is what Ian Stocks uses in his carrot mix with the difference that he adds his own ratio of silver […]

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Potato Scab

by on March 23, 2014
in Vegetable Growing

I wrote the article below for Garden News a few weeks back and I have certainly had a few phone calls since then. Before writing it I did consult with the Chemist at Everris as well as with Dr David Shaw at Bangor University who is a world renowned expert on potato blight. There is […]

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Whats happening down on the land

by on March 22, 2014
in Vegetable Growing

With the days now lengthening and Spring just round the corner, there will be plenty of things to do from now on. My Pendle Improved Leeks for the Tatton show are in their final 30 litre pots as are eight of the Cumbrian Pot Leeks. The Pendle’s are on 15 inch collars which I put […]

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