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 of their local show and compete with their friends for fun”, says the company’s Ian Cross.
Mr Fothergill’s stresses, however, these are not giant vegetables, with the exception of Pumpkin Atlantic Giant, but normal sized varieties specially chosen for their shape, uniformity and all-round quality. And if the crops produced do not make it to the local horticultural show, the varieties chosen have the advantage of great flavour, so will be welcome in the kitchen.
Each packet has its own distinctive style, and all the varieties are displayed in a block on Mr Fothergill’s seed stand. The carefully chosen selection includes Runner Bean Benchmaster, Onion Vento F1, Beetroot Pablo F1 and Leek Cairngorm F1.