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Saturday, 14 August 2010

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Played out with the big boys today, it was quite a large show with exhibitors from far and wide .
I awoke at 5 am to start prep to find it pis**ing down spent about 2 hours selecting exhibits for the show. I would have done things different given the choice as there was nowhere near enough time to get things ready. I decided to try the 4 types of veg 2 of each and the 3 types of veg 2 of each then picked anything else that looked OK it was a rush lesson learned. My Sweet Candle were huge Parsnips great Celery also good. the results were OK. I would have done things different knowing what I know now, but after all I am




new to this so I am pleased with the results.I got one Red card for my under 8 oz Onions Vento which looked far better than any other entry in the class. Speaking to the judge afterwards he said they would be good enough for Harrogate. I got a second for my Kestrel and 5 thirds for Dwarf Peas ,Swedes,cauli,4Veg, and 3 Veg.




I now know what to do in the future. and should clean up at my local Show,don't hold your breath I have also included a photo above of what i was up against to give you an idea of the general Quality of the exhibits Onions and Leeks were massive but my carrots were far better as for the Potatoes very small.

10 comments:

  1. You've got the basics now Paul....from now on it's just attention to detail and how far you want to go.

    Went to a good local show tonight and you'd have picked up several prizes with your stuff so keep at it.

    You're still a northern git mind.

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  2. hi paul, well done on your first show it does go to show that you can go forward now and do better every time you enter other shows. I have only entered garden competitions ware judges come to make decisions and have done very well. I will be like your self next year (A ROOKIE ON THE SHOW BENCH)

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  3. Thanks Geffo, I have a local show in 2 weeks and hoping for good results. I may also enter a couple more if I get the time.

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  4. thanks for your reply paul. I would like to ask ou if you know the name of the company ware i can get seeds to produce LARGE RED ONIONS. Up to now i have not had any luck. if yoy cannot help i think i will have to ask our friend SIMON. What do you reckon.

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  5. Hi again Geffo I grew Robinsons Giant Red this Year and got them to 2.5 lb
    http://www.mammothonion.co.uk/
    hope this helps Paul

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  6. I think that some of the "Big Boys" in the 4 veg class could learn something from you about dressing their onions like your cracking set of 4.
    Cheers,Dan.

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  7. I mean your cracking set of 3 onions.
    Dan.

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  8. Having just spent about 12 hours prepping for my local show (veg & flowers) I know what you mean about the time. Good effort though your onions look great, mine were rubbish this year. From the looks of your veg you won't have a problem at your local show.

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  9. Thanks Damo I have been looking at the pics from last years local show and the standard was quite high. I am still hoping for some good results fingers crossed. let me know how you get on.

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  10. OOoo! Nice veggies! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. It is wonderful to correspond with people from the other hemisphere and experience gardening in different season. As for water, the main reason I bought this garden is that it backs onto a permanent creek and I have pumping rights. I bought when we were experiencing a 10 year drought so it was a big selling point. Since then the drought has broken and we have more water than you can poke a stick at. But the Summer is nigh and I will be pumping again.

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