The vegetable contest at the county fair is tonight, so I've been digging potatoes. The red spuds are the best I've ever seen, but my white potatoes and onions are late and small. I'm entering Brussels sprouts for the first time. I found that it takes a lot of plants to harvest five uniform, firm, large, sprouts free from insect damage.
My other first-time entries are beets and zucchini. I talked to a seasoned gardener at the fair last night to get his tips on what to select. Here they are:
1. Zucchini should be no more than 8 inches long. Cut the stem long and even. If you harvest the night before the show, keep in a plastic bag in the fridge.
2. Beets can be as small as a golfball and no bigger than a baseball. They must be the same shape and size. Leave the taproot on, but trim the leaves to 2 inches.
3. Select your entries by lining them up from largest to smallest. Choose the five closest in size. Don't be afraid to select five that are smaller. It's all about uniformity.
Good luck at the fair!
I lined up these potatoes on a towel on the living room floor last night from largest to smallest and picked the five closest in size.
You don't want WOODY beets!
My kohlrabi looked great earlier (above), but got too big and woody by the fair.