Chelsea Display 2002 Gallery
The roots of Parsnips, Long Carrots and Own Long Beet were first class.
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The long roots are all grown in 6 inch pipes individually on a concrete floor. It takes 100 pipes to grow the three cultivars allowing for a few spares.
One of my Gardening heroes - Harry Dodson. In my opinion Harry presented probably the best gardening programme ever on televison, The Victorian Kitchen Garden. What he didn't know about vegetables simply wasn't worth knowing.
The first time for me to meet his Royal Highmess The Prince of Wales. I was really take back when he spoke fluently to me in the Welsh language.
Possibly one of the easiest vegetable to grow. As the cultivar name Sparkler implies, if you spray these globe radish they do actually sparkle!
The small carrots, or carrots other than long, are all grown in half plastic barrels filled with Levington F2S compost. About fifteen stations are sown in 32 of the hlaf barrels, about seven barrels to every variety.
I bet you thought wheely bins were intended to put rubbish in!! I didn't buy these, they were left in the stores at Bangor UCNW after students had conducted some experiments with them. They had very kindly and conveniently drilled drainage holes in the bottom and lower sides.
We take with us to Chelsea about 100 pots of Parsley which is used to garnish a number of dishes. My favourite parsley is the old Scottish Heirloom variety called Faulds (Item 3203) which is the finest and tightest parsley you can ever grow.
There's no doubt that the best pea to grow for exhibition, and indeed for culinary use, is the cultivar Show Perfection (Item 3131) Given good cultivation the pods can have upwards of 12 peas per pod and I have seen 14 peas in a pod. These were grown in only a 7 inch pot in Multipurpose compost and on a concrete floor.