Vegetable Growing

Last year I went to the very first (but now to be annual) ‘Miner’s Gala’ at Snibston Discovery Park, in Coalville, Leicestershire. The point of the Gala was to celebrate the local area, along with it’s history and of course the mining heritage surrounding it. Amongst all of the memorabilia presented by the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) and the various displays, I found a vegetable growing display/competition. There was something about this that I really fell in love with. As can be seen below, the participants are competing due to their love of gardening, and not the prize money as it is significantly low for a competition these days. I think I like the idea of trying to produce the best of a particular item, but never quite having full control over it as nature ultimately has the final say. I have tried to look into the history of vegetable growing competitions, but information is sadly quite scarce. I am just glad that they are still alive and well in today’s society.

I have shown below the pick of the crop from the day. Incidentally, the gigantic carrots didn’t win first prize as they were disqualified because the green tops had been trimmed.


One Response to “Vegetable Growing”

  1. Sophie Olivia Says:

    Saw a t.v piece about this a while ago and this post reminded me of it…

    Pumpkin Cottage in West Sussex where 87 year old Ralph Upton has been growing pumpkins, squashes and gourds in his six-acre plot for more than 40 years. He plants 15,000 to 20,000 seeds each spring to produce an organic harvest of more than 50 varieties including those with names like Atlantic Giant, Munchkin, Jack-be-Little, Hungarian Mammoth and Turk’s Turban.

    To add to the fun, every year he and fellow villagers create a giant pumpkin mural on the roof of his shed. As he says “I can’t paint pictures, but I can paint with pumpkins.” In the past themes have included the Universe, the Pyramids and the Rialto Bridge in Venice. This year it is the Loch Ness monster, complete with crabs and seahorses bobbing around in the lake.

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