Med­wyn Wil­liams is full-on into show season

How will my beet­root and parsnips do at the big event in Har­ro­gate this week­end?

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From now through to the end of Septem­ber it’s show time for me, go­ing to show after show, ei­ther judg­ing or stag­ing at them. This week­end will prob­a­bly be the big­gest and best at Har­ro­gate, not only be­cause Har­ro­gate stages a top qual­ity show, but also be­cause the Na­tional Veg­etable So­ci­ety Cham­pi­onships are held there this year. The NVS cham­pi­onships move around the five branches and this year it’s the turn of the North­ern Branch com­mit­tee to stage this highly pres­ti­gious event. En­try to this, and all other NVS shows, is free but you must be a mem­ber of the so­ci­ety or a mem­ber of an af­fil­i­ated so­ci­ety.

I shall be trav­el­ling to Har­ro­gate this Thurs­day and I hope to stage some of my long beet­root and parsnips, pro­vid­ing they pull good enough to stage. The difficulty with roots, of course, is that you don’t know what you have un­til you pull them, and all you have to go on are the size and qual­ity of the tops. I‘ve 20 bar­rels in to­tal this year – 10 for my own long beet and 10 for a new white, long one, which will be quite unique if it pulls as good as the mother plant I planted last year. I’ll pull the long beet­root first as it will keep fresher for longer, so I’ll lift them on the Wed­nes­day and keep them un­der damp cloths un­til I pack them. Ini­tially I’ll pull just three and if they’re look­ing promis­ing then I’ll lift some more. I’ve al­ways be­lieved if you have a good bed of root crops and the first three you pull (what­ever va­ri­ety they are) are of no use, then pulling an­other 30 would prob­a­bly give you the same re­sult. I also have two lots of parsnips this year, ‘War­rior’ and ‘TZ9045’, which has now been named ‘Vik­ing’. Which five I’ll se­lect I’m not sure, as at the time of writ­ing they’re both look­ing very good with strong tops on them. I’ll keep you posted! Why not fol­low me on Twit­ter through­out the season as I grow veg­eta­bles for my dis­play at Malvern – @med­wyn­so­fan­gles.

Who knows how good the roots will be on my beet­root once I pull them?

I’m pleased with how TZ9045 (now named ‘Vik­ing’) has grown

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