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.
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.
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|