The exceptionally mild Winter we have experienced seems to be suiting Peter Glazebrook as his onions seem to be doing really well. These photos were taken on the 31st March with the onions on 16 green leaves which means that the youngest leaf is number 20, over halfway through leaf production already as he has never had more than 37 leaves. Peter is of the opinion that increasing leaf production may be the way to growing a larger onion but getting the onion plant to perform that way could be the key to ever increasing onion weight. In July Peters new leaf growth just slows to nothing.
He is again trying to grow the world’s heaviest Cauliflower, he tried last year seriously for the first time but in the end the flower was not sound so the judges were unable to accept it. This year he is growing 3 more in his small tunnel. As the weather has been considerably milder, he certainly has more leaf count than last year so another record could be on the way. The cauliflower could be ready at the end of April, when the weight to beat is over 54lbs! this record has stood since 1999. Peter grows a winter variety called Darwin and the plants were given to him last August by a commercial grower.