Sowing Dates Used By Showmen

20th Dec 2001

This is my fourth article on the sowing dates that top showmen use in different parts of the country for a given show date. The dates selected were to coincide with two major shows in the country that these growers have competed in. The first date was the 26th August 2002 which is the timing for the Welsh Branch championships at Margam Park South Wales. The second sowing date is the 29th September, this being the sowing date for the National Vegetable Society Championships which are held next year as part of the Malvern Autumn Show.

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The growers chosen were selected because they grow an extensive range of vegetables as well as living at different locations throughout the Country. We have already had the sowing dates from John Branham who lives in Aylesbury, Jim Kirkness who lives on the Scottish Borders and Bob Herbert who lives in Derbyshire. This week we are back again in Scotland with Jim Williams who lives in Pathhead Midlothian on the Eastern side of Scotland.

Midlothian doesn't have too high a rainfall like most other areas of Scotland and consequently they don't suffer with too much snow either. However they do have to put up with some quite low temperatures which means that any early growing has to be started off under glass or covers. Jim is a trained biologist and is currently working on Animal diseases. He must have received some of his love of gardening from his father who was a trained nurseryman. Though Jim looked after his garden and kept it neat and tidy after he got married, it was during the seventies that he really got the showing bug. A friend took him along to one of the local shows and he soon had his first card, a third with stump carrots, a cultivar that Jim still does very well with.

He is very well known throughout Scotland being their NVS National Chairman and has been their Newsletter Editor for the past 13 years which shows the level of his commitment to the Society.  Jim has traveled extensively all over the UK, in particular wherever the National Championships are held. Jim has won at the highest level at both the National and Branch level and is always willing to help his local shows by entering his quality produce in many of their classes.

Here are Jims' varieties and their sowing dates for those on the list that he grows:-

Kind

Cultivar

1st Show Date 26/08

2nd Show Date 29/09

Comments

Globe Beet

Pablo

Mid April

10th may

 

Long Beet

Own Selection Regar

15th April

Only One sowing

 

Broad Bean

Own selected seed

15th April

Mid may

Cordon Grown like show peas to get maximum length of pod

Green Cabbage

Charmant and

Regal

15th April

Mid May

 

Red Cabbage

Cicero

22nd January

One sowing only

 

Runner Bean

Stenner selection

Mid May

One sowing only

Sow in 4 inch pots in greenhouse

French Bean

Raw Selection

31st May

Only does one sowing

Sow in 4 inch pots in greenhouse

Carrots Long

Own Selection New Red G Watson

3rd April

One sowing only

 

Carrots Stump

Gringo and Yukon

9th April

One sowing only

 

Cauliflower

Virgin and Beauty

5th May

9th June

 

Trench Celery

 Ideal

Evening Star

Red Star

Morning Star (new hybrids)

18th February

Sow all hybrids later such as

Mid March

Mid March

Early April

 

Cucumber

Petita

Mid May

 

Greenhouse grown

Lettuce Butterhead

Dolly

Mid April, in succession from that date

   

Table Marrow

Long Green Bush

Early May

 

Sow in warm greenhouse

Onions over 250 gram

Re selected Kelsae (Mel Ednie selection)

20th December

one sowing

Lifting date very important i.e. 4 weeks before show date

Onions under 250 gram

Toughball

Mid January

One sowing

 

Parsnips

Gladiator and Dagger

11th March

One sowing only

 

Peas

Own Selection Show Perfection

10th May

10th June

later date gives little chance of success because of mildew

Potatoes

Winston

Kestrel

Harmony

2nd May

One sowing only

Make sure that the seed potatoes are well chitted prior to planting

Radish

French Breakfast

Mid April Onwards in Succession

   

Tomatoes

Solution

7th March

One sowing only

 

Turnips

Snowball

Mid May

1st June

 

This is my fourth article on the sowing dates that top showmen use in different parts of the country for a given show date. The dates selected were to coincide with two major shows in the country that these growers have competed in.
Other 2001 articles of interest

· Planting Show Potatoes for...
· Greenhouses for Winter Growing...
· Sowing Dates for Exhibition...
· Small Onions under 250 gram and...
· Best head of Leek Bulbils or...
· Blanch Leeks
· Sowing Dates Used By Showmen
· Long Cultivars of Carrots
· Vegetables grown to Show...
· Producing Leek Bulbils for next...
· Welsh Branch of the National...
· Growing Cabinet
· Feeling the Pressure - Short...
· Best Dish in the Vegetable...
· Growing Giant Cabbages

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