Giant spuds a no show
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? Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post