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Stump Carrots

Started by Blicky. Last reply by Blicky Apr 22, 2012. 17 Replies

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Onions.

Started by Simon baldwin. Last reply by Blicky Jan 9, 2012. 22 Replies

A discussion for all of us to add any questions or tips on growing onions for show.

Long Carrots

Started by Blicky. Last reply by John Martin Sep 14, 2011. 32 Replies

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Parsnips

Started by Blicky. Last reply by Blicky Aug 27, 2011. 39 Replies

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Comment Wall

Comment by Dan on August 28, 2010 at 19:17
Somewhere for us mad folks to discuss our successes and numerous failures during the show growing season.
Comment by Damo on August 28, 2010 at 19:55
Good idea for a group, I'm getting into the shows, not quite your standard yet though Dan!
Comment by Dave Mercer on September 19, 2010 at 21:52
I am just getting into showing veg and actually organised my towns first horticultural show this year, which was bloody hard work but the show was well supported and a lot has been learnt to take forward to next years show.
I look forward to learning from those that already grow to show and hope that you will forgive me any stupid questions that I may pose.
Comment by Damo on September 23, 2010 at 20:01
Dave, that sounds great, serious hard work I'll bet. I'm getting more involved with my local society, any ideas for new show classes?
Comment by Blicky on December 20, 2010 at 19:56

Hi all, I am just converting from grower to shower

I expect you have already read this on my other posts on the main forum

However, thanks to Damo for inviting me to this group

I hope to specialise in long carrots and parsnips but I intend to attempt a number of things this year to enter in my local show in an attempt to knock the regular old boys who keep all their secrets to themselves and hate helping and sharing any knowledge with others

I recommend that if you are really keen on showing that you join the National Vegetable society http://www.nvsuk.org.uk You will save yourself a lot of time and make some fast progress

There are loads of great people who are willing to share their knowledge and help and encourage new showers. You will soon dominate your local shows and then move to the next level

Also, take a look at my blog to see my progress and how I do things

http://blickys.blogspot.com/

Comment by Blicky on December 23, 2010 at 19:55

So what does anyone prefer to show?

Obviously Dan likes his onions and he has a great blog site detailing everything else he likes also

I wanted to start with onions but was put off due to the heating costs as well as set up costs

They need a lot of heat from Nov/Dec onwards and that can get expensive

I then decided to go for long carrots and parsnips as they looked good

This year I will also try potatoes, Kestrel and Winston are a top favourite

I will try some other things to try to take as much from my local show as possible, then I will focus on a few specifics to try to get to a good level to compete at Southern and the National level

Comment by Blicky on December 30, 2010 at 16:25

I started sieving my peat today ready for my Parsnip and Potato mixes. 

Man is that tough. Took me an hour and half just to sieve one bale of peat.

I have now gone and bought a shredder as I couldn't face doing the remaining bales

Take a look at the link below

http://blickys.blogspot.com/2010/12/next-step-prep.html

Comment by Blicky on December 31, 2010 at 20:49

The shredder is much easier but it wasn't without it's problems

Shredder

Comment by Blicky on January 1, 2011 at 20:22
Am I the only one in the group :( lol
Comment by Damo on January 1, 2011 at 20:37
I'm here mate, stunned by the work you're putting in, I haven't even been outside today, nursing the manflu!

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