Grower left red faced after eating £1,000 Tomato by Kris Collins

Kris and the Gigantomo poster

Don’t always believe the marketing hype – even if it’s your own PR campaign! Having announced a £1,000 prize for the heaviest Gigantomo Tomato brought to The Harrogate Autumn Show, Van Meuwen PR officer Kris Collins quietly went about raising his own plants aiming to achieve a whopper. The initial marketing campaign featured a true photograph of a giant fruit grown in the US, some 30cm in diameter. Despite thinning…

Hampshire brothers smash UK heaviest pumpkin record and set their sights on world domination in 2015

Autumn Pumpkin Festival, Netley, Southampton: Paton twins reclaim throne as Pumpkin Kings with 1,884lb record breaker Ian and Stuart Paton have broken the UK record for a giant pumpkin for the 9th time. The gargantuan gourd measured more than 17ft in circumference and during its peak period of growth piled on a staggering 35lb a day. To match its rate of growth the vigilant horticultural siblings, who run Pine Tops…

Winner of the longest Runner Bean competition

CARPENTERS’ TREVOR SAYS “CHEERS” AS HE WINS D. T. BROWN PUB CHALLENGE Trevor Brooks, whose ‘local’ is The Carpenters’ Arms, Soham, Cambridgeshire, is celebrating his success after growing the longest runner bean in the D. T. Brown National Pub Challenge and scooping the £100 prize with his 45cm long specimen.  The kitchen garden mail order company supplied packets of its runner bean Enorma free of charge to public houses and…

World record for heaviest cauliflower won by Peter Glazebrook -27.485kg!

  Peter Galzebrook from Newark in the East Midlands has smashed the  record for the world’s heaviest cauliflower by over three 3kg. The prize specimen, which was over 6 foot across the foliage was measured at his home because there were no vegetable show venues at this time of year. On the 27th April 2014  the Telegraph newspaper reported that there was another specimen measured on the day but that…

New vegetables for 2014: A new range for exhibition from Mr Fothergill

Suffolk seedsman Mr Fothergill’s has launched a range of seed of vegetables suitable for exhibition work.  The 16 varieties chosen for the collection are all highly regarded by gardeners who like to grow with the show bench in mind. The company believes many more vegetable growers are becoming interested in showing their produce.  “Growing for showing is becoming increasingly popular, often with gardeners who just want to enter the spirit…

Longest runner bean competition

ALISON’S PUB RUNNER BEAN COMPETITION SPARKS THE D. T. BROWN CHALLENGE report by Colin Hambridge When Cambridgeshire pub landlady Alison Seymour told D. T. Brown of her regulars’ intention to hold a competition to see who could grow the longest runner bean from the seed of its Enorma variety she was ordering, it gave the company’s Tim Jeffries an idea for a national contest to discover which British pub or…

TOP 10 TIPS FOR GROWING BIG VEG FOR EXHIBITION

GARETH CAMERON AND IAN STOCKS OFFER NEWCOMERS TOP 10 TIPS USING D. T. BROWN’S EXHIBITION VEGETABLES  By Colin Hambridge Leading vegetable growers and exhibitors Gareth Cameron and Ian Stocks have plenty of useful advice for those keen to have a go at growing varieties from D. T. Brown’s specially selected range of exhibition vegetable seeds and plants, but unsure where to begin.  Their top 10 tips for those new to…