I blame my neighbor for getting me hooked. No, not on drugs or alcohol, but on our county fair’s annual horticultural competition. For years I entered my homegrown vegetables for the chance to win ribbon-shaped stickers, miniscule amounts of prize money and, of course, bragging rights. While it was all in good fun and I loved the friendly rivalry, these county fair competitions changed the way I thought about gardening, and the lessons learned in the garden have been priceless.
Exhibiting Vegetables from the Garden
Growing vegetables for showing in a count fair contest has been happening for many years. Farmers, especially, enjoy showing off their giant, milk-fed pumpkins and the like. This type of competition goes way back and is fun to do. But there are some things I’ve had to learn along the way before getting my prized veggies ready for showing.
Vegetable harvest time is important