by Tony Bellows
THE Jersey Association of the National Vegetable Society held two very successful shows this year, at the Western Parish Fete on 11th July and Les Creux on 29th September.
There were a wide variety of classes, including Collection of 3 Vegetables, Fun Carrot, Vegetable Basket, Salad Trug, Vegetable Cake, Collection of Fresh Herbs, Courgettes, Potatoes, Carrots, Beetroot, French Beans, Runner Beans, Rhubarb, Parsley, Funniest Vegetable, an Animal made from Vegetables, and also a Schools Mini Wheelbarrow Competition for both Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. The guest judge for all classes was David Allison the Chairman of the NVS UK.
The winner of the best in show were the team from HMP, while Les Landes and Grainville took the honours for the Primary and Secondary schools respectively.
The fun carrot class competition, where the carrots were grown in 30 litre pots came about because of the lack of allotments, gardens, and generally lack of space within Jersey.
By organising one part of the competition in this fashion it gave an opportunity for competitors to grow them on their patio, in high rise flats, outside their front doors, etc. It also gave children an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and nurture them with written instructions.
This class is open to people of all ages and is a real community effort with our first show always being held at the Western parish fete at the beginning of July. Seventy-three people registered which goes to show that there is an awful lot of interest in this fun competition.
The cost this year was £5 for the container which included the compost and carrot seed. Unfortunately the night temperatures in March and April were quite cold which resulted in a slow start in growth, but this applied to all vegetables.