Friday, 14 August 2009


Cropping. Time to maturity. Good 'Heritage'. Flavour. 

These are the sorts of superficial qualities with which modern growing is obsessed. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to the good old days of the 1970s, when what a vegetable looked like was what really mattered? The prize here will go to the home-grown veg that looks the most like it came from Tescos. 

These Waitrose-quality beetroot come from last year's title holder, Mark D. I like his Nigel Slater photography touch with the knife, he knows how to get us middle class people interested.

And some more sickeningly perfect root veg in this shot of radishes. It's like a Waitrose-magazine cover shot! Yes, my friend, Mark has set the standard very, very high.

Update, Aug 17th
Now we find out the real truth, I hacked into Mark's email this morning and found the following evidence of his evil plotting: "In a brazen attempt to ‘lifestyle’ the Allotment show off 5 award out of the judges hands, here’s a cunningly focused pic of my three year old Nelly with a freshly picked beetroot clasped against her Country Living style dress. Can’t you just smell the good life?! I can almost hear those middle class urbanites loading up their cars and heading into the sunset towards their new pastoral existence". Terrible man.

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