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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 7 Entries.
Tuesday, February 14 View Page
This winter I got rid of one of my allotments, so 1500 sq.ft. less. Besides edibles and ornamentals I still hope to grow quite a few competition and exhibition classes. GPC COMPETITION 1x Squash - 967 A. Horde 15* (1024 Daho* x 1036 Würsching*) 5x Field pumpkin - 117 Horde, 133 Wursten, 109 MacKenzie and/or 2 from GVGO seed package 2017 2x Long gourd - 137 Eaton, 122.88 Eaton 1x Watermelon - 220 Bartoli or 161.5 Crews 6x Tomato - 5.50 Johnston/Butler, 4.62 Lyons, 5.20 Lyons, 3.40 Wild, 4.72 Butler, 4.30 Timm and/or whatever I can find in the GVGO seed package EXHIBITION 4x Cucumber - Thomas and Wursten 4x Corn - Jalapeno 2x Onion - Glazebrook 6x Beet - Wursten 4x Runner bean - Wursten 15-20x Sunflower head - Fifolt Trying out some new and old products this year. No electricity where I grow so bought a petroleum heater for early in the season. Also have molasses, Lithovit, humic acid, seaweed extract, sea algae extract, lava gravel, bentonite, borium, manganese sulphate, TNC Bactorr, TNC mycorrhiza, chicken manure pellets, nettle tea and insecticide against lice. I always use milk against mildew. Got some 200-300 litre barrels to mix everything and a motor water pump which I can use for misting and irrigation (two 15 foot deep irrigation pipes in the ground for water).
Thursday, February 23 View Page
It took more than six years, but I finally managed to get the beet seeds that grew the world record in 2005. The seeds are from an exclusive/elusive club of beet growers from one of the Dutch provinces that has around 350 members. One of their growers grew the WR in 2005 (171 lbs) and to win any given year, you need 120 lbs or more. They sneer at anything less that 100 lbs... lol Although I can't join the club (I live in the wrong part of the country) they were very generous and sent me a pack of the seeds from the strain they have used for years and grew the world record from. The club is called "The Thirsty Beet" and I haven't been able to make out if the growers or the beets are the thirsty ones... Just to make things clear, these are true fodder beets. There are very few growers that still grow true table beets, though many claim so. There is talk in the giant vegetable world of getting rid of the table beet class as there is a lot of cheating going on, especially in Great Britain, and because a lot of growers and judges simply don't know the difference.
Monday, May 1 View Page
Giant beets in their final position under fleece. It's been a very cold and dry spring till now. Have 9 giant (fodder) beets in three different places in the garden. Sandy soil, clay soil and inside. Seed is from the strain that grew the world record. In the small greenhouse I have two 967 Horde* squash plants. No growth on the main one (due to cold?). Placed a second one beside it. Have another backup in case necessary. Have a 137.00 and 122.88 Eaton long gourd going, as well as a 220 Bartoli and 161.5 Crews watermelon for the large greenhouse. Also have 4 corn plants going (about 2ft tall) along with a few backups. Still to start are the tomatoes, cucumbers, field pumpkins, sunflowers, runnerbeans, marrows and bushel gourds.
Monday, May 22 View Page
967 Horde*. Main plant in the back won't grow so will have to go with the backup which is doing okay despite a cold spring.
Monday, May 22 View Page
Four of the nine giant beets I have going. These are covered in fleece day and night to even out temperatures.
Monday, July 17 View Page
One of my beets. They tend to grow out of the ground and fall over so I have been adding soil around this one. Not sure how big it should be by now, but I think it is already too small to beat all 400 other Dutch beet growers I am up against. They have the correct soil, climate and experience, so it will be a tough competition.
Monday, July 17 View Page
967 Horde* - day 25. Never had such disappointing day 25 numbers. More or less a new patch (really sandy soil) and a new (smaller) tunnel. Looks like a waste of time, but we'll hang in there.


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