Dig deep for su­per spud ti­tle

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The chal­lenge is on once again to see who can grow the big­gest spud crop.

Ro­tary Mata­mata is en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to put their green fin­gers to the test in the iconic Spud in a Bucket com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by Mitre10 and Dal­tons, is in it’s 11th year and was orig­i­nally started as a friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween ser­vice clubs, which even­tu­ally opened up to the pub­lic.

Co-or­di­na­tor Lyn­nette Stan­ley says it’s al­ways been very pop­u­lar and she is go­ing to put her spud grow­ing abil­i­ties to the test this year.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved can head to Mitre10, Pa­per Plus or Colour Plus and for a $10 fee - or $5 for the kids - get a bucket, potato and pot­ting mix.

Pota­toes get planted at Labour Week­end and grow through the sum­mer un­til the weigh in on March 17, 2017 at Rail­side by the Green. Stan­ley says the com­pe­ti­tion is taken se­ri­ously, and has at least 120 en­trants.

She says in the past many com­peti­tors have come up with in­ter­est­ing ways of grow­ing potato crops, whether re­ly­ing on pot­ting mix or us­ing their own com­post.

‘‘There are a lot of tried and true meth­ods,’’ says Stan­ley.

Ro­tar­ian Peter Thissen and Ki­wani Tom Troughton have won in pre­vi­ous years, with the big­gest crop com­ing in at a 7.5kgs. All pro­ceeds from the com­pe­ti­tion will go to Ro­tary Mata­mata com­mu­nity char­i­ties.

FAIR­FAX NZ

Ro­tar­ian Peter Thissen with his crop of pota­toes that weighed in at a whop­ping 6.237kg at a pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tion.

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