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Started this discussion. Last reply by Blicky Jul 29, 2015. 2 Replies

Lifted some Carrots todayHad some really cracking ones and I'm very pleased with the resultsHere are some of my rejects which will make great eating.There is no waste growing them how I do for…Continue

Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey Hants

Started Jun 26, 2015 0 Replies

If you like grand gardens of stately homes, then Mottisfont is worth a visit.It is a…Continue

Veg behind this year ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gareth Howell Jul 7, 2015. 22 Replies

I was talking with Colin on a previous post and he was saying about his potatoes being behindThe majority of what I have grown is between 3-4 weeks behind at leastI an in the Wiltshire in the SouthIt…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Willis Jul 18, 2015. 4 Replies

Most varieties of potatoes normally take approx. 10-12 weeks to get to an optimum size of approx. 8oz.…Continue


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Southern National Vegetable Exhibition Champion


I am a keen gardener who started off with an allotment and then after 6 years caught the exhibition bug

I am a member of the NVS Southern Branch which has helped immensely with the advise received, in growing quality vegetables for both the kitchen table and exhibition


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At 7:03 on December 27, 2010, Mo said…

Thanks for the welcome. I'm still wandering around the site but will post an Intro when I figure out where to put it.

Hope you had a good Christmas.

At 15:49 on December 31, 2010, Jan Willetts said…
Are those giant veg seeds from Clive bevan? He used to live/work at the same place as me and often had ginormous veg displayed on his front lawn-made going to work more interesting but they needed a lot of manpower to move around(palletts/trailers etc)
At 20:58 on January 1, 2011, Caroline Tobin said…


Thanks for the welcome.    :-))   I think I need some help navigating the site / discsussion threads. Are there any FAQs anywhere?



At 19:50 on January 6, 2011, Damo said…
My favourite colour, your photo background is too technical for me, must learn how to do that!
At 20:25 on January 6, 2011, Claire Marshall said…

Hi Darren,


Thanks for your comment, food and cooking is my first love but gardening is quickly catching up. Your ordered rows of vegetables are very impressive

Love the sprouting snowmen photo by the way!


At 22:11 on January 6, 2011, Colin Robinson said…
Darren, the leek is winter giant. It was a whopper among lots of mediocre ones last year. I should have kept it for seed but it made lovely soup!!
At 20:31 on January 7, 2011, Colin Robinson said…
Probably just one of those freaks of nature...but that's how new varieties come about. It takes me all my time to grow stuff to eat without worrying about the showbench!
At 21:29 on January 7, 2011, Damo said…
Thanks for the tip I'll give it a go.
At 21:31 on January 7, 2011, Damo said…
I'll be there, I can here the click of a kettle at a 1000 paces, my Northern upbringing! 
At 9:19 on January 9, 2011, Lizzie Harvey said…

Hi Darren - Thanks for your welcome message I really appreciated it.  Do you have any ideas of what I can sow at this time of year in my veg patch?  I've already sent off for some potatoes (which I'm going to grow in bags and have ordered some winter salad leaves to grow in a propagator) Have you suggestions for anything else?

Very best wishes - Lizzie

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Sweet Peas

Posted on June 13, 2015 at 20:41 2 Comments

This site has always been about growing quality vegetables however, this post has a change as I am branching out into Exhibition Sweat Peas.

The Sweat Peas came about when I was at the Southern Vegetable Championships and the Sweat Pea Show was next to the Veg Show. I was fascinated at the size, fantastic scent and quality of the flowers and when I inquired how the grower achieved this, I was told that it is exactly the same as how I grow my normal peas, except they go for the flower…


Who are the National Veg Society?

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 20:01 0 Comments

Who are the NVS ?

Well they are the leading organisation in the Country for Vegetables

Whereas the RHS are horticulture on the whole, the NVS are specifically for Vegetables and lead the way in establishing the best quality growing techniques 

Read more here about them and how it benefited me…


May it be......

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 10:39 0 Comments

Mayit be........

I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks due to the dreaded work getting in the way of life as normal, so I have a few things to catch up on.…


Carrots - The short of it....

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 8:01 0 Comments

Carrots - the short of it....

My way of getting a bumber quality crop



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