Cases of manure contamination are still cropping up see here so it's still important to take care when acquiring supplies. This is especially important in areas where Forefront weedkiller is available.

Garden Direct are offering a range of autumn plug plants

Harrod Horticultural are offering 10% discount 'til 31 August on Harrod Horticultural arches and pergolas quote ARC10 at the checkout. They also offer extra value saver packs of various types of netting

Friday, February 21

The Big Allotment Challenge

I'e been asked to circulate this - Anyone up for a challenge? 

40 comments:

  1. I shall enjoy watching this when it screens but I'm not tempted to participate - the pressure of getting it right would be too much! Would that my veg patch ever looked like the promotional photo!! (I wish!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Something like the same reason we never entered the allotment competition, Caro. The entrants didn't pick anything until after judging! on

      Delete
  2. It's ever so slightly tempting, I must admit. But I can't imagine it would be possible to do that and keep my allotment and garden and blog and home and children. Would it..?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It doesn't say how big a patch of land you will be given or where it is CJ. I wonder whether they are having difficulty recruiting as this is the second time I have been approached.

      Delete
  3. It's a big dream to be a complete gardener. I will never be the champion. My climate is not favorable for carrot, dahlia and sweet pea :-(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A bit of a long journey for you to take part too, Endah

      Delete
  4. I think participating in such a programme would be close to my personal idea of hell, but I will love watching it!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can just imagine all the retakes, Janet

      Delete
  5. I wish! I don't look too glamorous when I'm gardening, either. I shall look out for the programme when aired.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don;t look glamorous at the best of times L

      Delete
  6. No way Jose - too much pressure - be interesting to watch though

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm definitely not that person. I shall enjoy watching it though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had my moment of fame a few years ago, Jo and that was enough

      Delete
  8. It does seem tempting but then I read the 'cultivate a perfect carrot' bit...what??? The reason I love to grow my own so much is that everything tastes great...not because it looks like something out of a supermarket....what would they class as perfection??? As for making award winning anything.,..this is a matter of taste and over the years I have pretty much thrown all recipes out the window and cook to my families tastes. I think I would end up having rows with the producers..lol. I will watch it when it's aired th0oough purely so I can look out for some of their takes on the things I didn't like about it in the first place!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The perfect carrot to me is just about the taste and lack of bugs, Tanya!

      Delete
  9. I would love to be brave enough to enter but I'm not, I can't wait to watch it though.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm looking forward to the programme.

    Sue do tell, what was your moment of fame?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A few years ago when we had manure problems - I was on Gardeners' World and our local Politics Show, Victoria.as well as various local radio spots, For GW we were four hours recording what ended up as a few minutes it was edited down to. Goodness knows how long your would record for a whole programme!!!

      Delete
  11. Too many differing opinions on "whats the best" I'm afraid, got to agree with you its good tasting veggies that count and how you achieve them with minimal wastage.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've watched quite a few 'competition' programmes, Rooko and the one I think is best rarely seems to win.

      Delete
  12. I can just picture myself being puce with embarrassment for all long as I lasted (about one episode, I should think).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'n bot sure what the format would be maybe you would be there for the long hail, Helen so permanently puce..

      Delete
  13. I don't think I could ever participate in something like this. I takes lot of nerves and self control to listen somebody judging your not perfect carrots and not smacking them in the face. I actually hate false perfection..especially in gardening. I love my half eaten, crocked, two legged carrots..and I'm sure they taste better than the perfect market ones :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That would make good television, Leanan

      Delete
  14. Our garden was on a gardening program years ago. What was fascinating was to see how they "cheated". For instance there were 2 large pots they liked and moved all the time so they were in just about every frame. I asked won't the viewers notice? The interviewer answered you might have 20 of those pots - they don't know you just have two! As in your case Sue, they filmed from 7 AM to 5 PM for about 20 minutes on the program. Also, they paid me one dollar. There was a legal requirement that I be paid.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think a gardener would notice mobile pots, Alain. I didn't get ant payment but didn't mind as it was to make people aware of a problem, We kept having to do retakes because a plane flew over or my hair blew in front of my face etc.

      Delete
  15. Thanks for flagging this up, I shall look forward to watching. But no way could I ever take part. Even if I had the skills, which I don't, I could not stand the process of recording and having to comply with someone else's view of 'perfect'. I agree, for me it is all about the taste, lack of bugs, and of course that it is so good for us:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe if they fail to get contestants it will never air sweffling

      Delete
  16. Seriously think you should go for it!! And I did read your previous comments. I'll live through you, lol.xxx

    ReplyDelete
  17. Not my cup of tea, I wonder who they will get to judge this? Hope they know what they are talking about and don't include some 'celebrities' who just happen to enjoy eating vegetables.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow! Nice show! I wish we have such programme here!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll watch of they manage to get any contestants, Malar

      Delete
  19. Belatedly catching up.

    Such sensible people commenting. So not everyone is taken in by the media. They follow their own agenda, and anyone who thinks otherwise is in for a rude awakening. Did you see that "Allotment Wars" programme?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did see Allotment Wars - must admit although it was OTT we did have some characters on site who were on the way there!

      Delete

Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment - it is great to hear from you and know that there are people out there actually reading what I write! Come back soon.
(By the way any comments just to promote a commercial site, or any comments not directly linked to the theme of my blog, will be deleted)
I'm getting quite a lot of spam. It isn't published and is just deleted. I've stopped sifting through it and just delete any that ends up in my spam folder in one go so I'm sorry if one of your messages is deleted accidentally.