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SOME grow their veg in raised beds and barrels of compost, others going for records for the longest veg such as carrots and parsnips, will grow them down gutter pipes placed diagonally in the ground and some grow to around 30ft in length.
“Add plenty of well rotted farmyard manure or compost to the soil before you start. A lot of people use green manure – council depots compost garden waste which you can buy to enrich your soil.”
“Every soil is different,” he continues. “If you have a really heavy clay, the more organic matter you can add, the better.” GIANT veg need to be watered regularly and are not as tolerant of sporadic watering as normal-sized veg. They need to be kept moist but not waterlogged and you need to water them deeply to get to the roots.
Many growers use drip irrigation systems on a timer which compensate for rain. GIANT cucumbers should be grown up a single stem, taking out the sideshoots so you just have one cucumber per plant.
A stake in the ground, with strong nylon string attached to a pole above, will allow for the cucumber to grow vertically. Cucumbers need to be wound around the string.
Thomas supports the fruits with some fleece tied around the middle of the cucumber as it becomes heavier, attached to string which is secured vertically to a frame above. The stem itself won’t hold the weight of the cucumber.
He has square steel frames to support his cabbages, which sit on top of the frame, taking the weight off the stump. “KEEP your crops weed and pestfree. Some crops, including pumpkins and marrows, don’t like too much wind if you grow them outside. They may need a windbreak around them. Some things are grown inside in tunnels, with automatic watering systems underneath them.”