TELL US PAM, HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
CHAMPION veges – from cauliflowers to shallots – flavour Pam Boughen’s champion mustard pickles.
Partial to “a bit of everything” from her garden, the 75-year-old is modest about what makes her garden grow.
She said cow manure, and perhaps a bit too much, some fertiliser and keeping the weeds out, were the key.
Asked what feedback she’d received from judges about her award-winning collection of vegetables, she replied: “Half the time, there’s not many others against me, so I win probably”.
Pam Boughen Half the time, there’s not many others against me, so I win probably.
After a pause, she added it was a bit early for vegetables at this time of the year.
Living off home produce was both necessity and habit she adopted from her childhood growing up on a dairy farm.
When their kids were little, they had a big vege garden with potatoes and pumpkins, and would sell shallots and silverbeet to Gayndah’s shops.
Mrs Boughen could not recall when she began entering her vegetables, jams, chutney and cooking in the show, but had saved some mementos.
The earliest was a newspaper clipping from 1983 which read: “Champion cake of show was an orange bar cake entered by Mrs Pam Boughen which was beautifully presented, had a very fine texture and cut very nicely".
Generously, Mrs Boughen shared her recipe for mustard pickles – and has prepared a long list of entries for this year’s show.
CHAMPION: Veges thrive on cow manure, and love a well-weeded garden, says Gayndah Show champion Pam Boughen.