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Tuesday, October 09, 2018 MatthewO Essex, UK

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Bit slow with diary updates recently. Last week I harvested the learning garden pumpkin (grown from my 750 squash seed. Took it to the RHS Harvest Show at the Horticultural Halls in London. It estimated 575lb and came in at 582lb. Not a bad effort seeing as grown in a 3x3m bed, with no feed, no spraying, no mycorhiza, no compost tea, nothing just soil and water. As a member of staff I'm not allowed to enter the competition but would have placed 6th. As a side note, this seed was given out to hundred schools across the country, and was also grown by the Campaign for School Gardening team at RHS Garden Wisley. There were a couple of entries over 200lb and it looks like I'm going to have to visit the winning school all the way up north in Chesterfield! One of the entries even made it to the Giant Veg Championship at the Malvern Autumn Show. Despite having a below par season myself, it's good to see my efforts over previous years are starting to encourage more people here to have a go.

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