Dig deep for super spud title
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.
Rotarian Peter Thissen with his crop of potatoes that weighed in at a whopping 6.237kg at a previous competition.