Giant spuds a no show

Don Stevenson, Tony Lewer and GraemeWilliams closely checking the weights.

Don Stevenson, Tony Lewer and GraemeWilliams closely checking the weights.

What was originally destined as a special social evening has left the Waiuku Lions Club pondering if there was something wrong with their batch of seed potatoes.
Members jumped at the opportunity to take part in a potato growing competition, proposed by Tony Lewer last November.
Last Saturday saw 17 of the 25 entries assemble for the great weigh in competition.
All had bought a potato from the same bag of seed potatoes and placed it in a 20 litre bucket with the best soil, compost and fertilizer.
While most hoped for giant spuds, the reality was the two largest potatoes were a mere .225kgs, grown by Alan Standing and Don Stevenson.
Of the 25 entrants, 14 were not successful, producing less than a kilo of small marble sized potatoes and only a handful were worth eating in spite of their best efforts with soils, composts and fertilizer.
Only three entrants harvested more than a kilo of potatoes and these three were all under 1.4kgs with a total of 30 to 34 potatoes. The greatest number in the bucket was 34, grown by Bert and Iris Craven, and the greatest weight of all the potatoes was a total of 1.325kgs, won by Alan Standing. The Lions were left pondering if it was a bad season for growing, or there was something funny about the packet of original seed potatoes. They would like to ask the Post readers what results other home gardeners got this past summer?

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