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Exhibition fennel competition – cash prizes!

Fennel Florence Chiarino. Picture; DT Brown
Fennel Florence Chiarino. Picture; DT Brown

New class from DT Brown  and NVS at Harrogate Autumn Show

A new competition has been launched by DT Brown using its Fennel Florence Chiarino seeds to be judged in a special class at the Harrogate Autumn Show, held from September 13-15.

First prize wins £65, with £35 for second place, £25 for third, £15 for fourth and £10 for fifth place.

The class is for a dish of three fennel bulbs which will be judged as per National Vegetable Society (NVS) rules and guidance.

As all entrants have to use only seed supplied from DT Brown, this removes any advantage gardeners might have growing different cultivators.

Although fennel isn’t commonly seen on the showbench, the competition will be a chance for all gardeners to try something new, where all entrants, whether experienced show growers or keen novices have an equal opportunity to take home 1st prize.

Popular contest

The class will be run in association with the NVS and last year, a similar contest was held at Harrogate using the new Beetroot Subeto F1, which was really popular.

DT Brown general manager Tim Jefferies said: “Looking at fennel it’s hard to see why the attractive bulbs are not seen more commonly on the showbench.

“Fennel Florence Chiarino is a fast-growing strain which yields large, tight, white ‘bulbs’ with great uniformity – but don’t just take my word for it, give it a go!

“We enclosed a free packet with Simply Vegetables April magazine but packets are also available to purchase from our main range.”

Fennel Florence Chiarino is sold in packets containing 250 seeds, costing £2.09 and is ready to sow outdoors now.

To request a copy of the new Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2019, write to DT Brown Seeds, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or visit www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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