Though this weekend has been decidedly soggy, we’ve not let it dampen our spirits. It’s time for our yearly harvest activities and this weekend visitors to the Demonstration Garden have been able to sample some harvest delights with tasters from the garden, a family friendly trail, free seeds and growing tips for Autumn.
This year we’ve had to be a little inventive with our Harvest Produce Competition. Usually the competition is open to community gardens and groups, but we know that some many of you have found solace in your gardens and allotments, and particularly in growing your own food, over the Covid-19 lockdown. For this reason the team decided to open the competition to a wider range of people and accept online submissions for the first time.
The submissions we received were truly wonderful. Congratulations to all who entered, as your efforts in the garden have clearly been worthwhile! Lots of colourful snaps of tasty, healthy food flooded our email inbox and we’ve been delighted to show our shortlisted entries this weekend in the garden.
Winners with photographs are below, but first let us congratulate all of our shortlisted entries:
Individual entry shortlist
Betsy Anderson ( a selection of produce)
Dave Hurst (artichokes)
Hannah Ayre (a selection of produce)
Helen Wass O’Donnell (sweetcorn)
Jane Hogg (figs)
Jean Dickson (betroot)
Jim Morrice (a selection of produce)
Linda Hamilton (a selection of produce)
Liz Sutherland (cabbage)
Mairi Marlborough (a selection of produce)
Peter Brown (artichokes)
Malcolm Bruce & Helen Todd (quinoa)
Sheena Irving (apples)
Individual entry result
There were some outstanding entries to this category and our gardeners found it too difficult to make a choice! Therefore, we’re delighted to announce two joint winners as well as two ‘highly commended’ entries: Jim Morrice, Linda Hamilton, Hannah Ayre and Liz Sutherland.
Group entry shortlist
Drylaw Community Garden
Royal Edinburgh Hospital Community Garden (with Cyrenians)
University of the Third Age Edinburgh
Group entry result
Again, it was incredibly difficult to choose between these three groups as each had entered a fantastic array of produce, presented beautifully. In the end though, the U3A Edinburgh were triumphant in first place, with Drylaw Community Garden and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital gaining Highly Commended.
Young people’s group entry shortlist
When we launched the competition we hadn’t created this category, however, we received some really excellent entries from groups of children and young people that we felt really needed to be celebrated! Very well done to both of these groups for being shortlisted:
Fox Covert Young Gardeners
Rossie School, Montrose
Young people’s group entry result
Rossie School win first place, with the Fox Covert group receiving Highly Commended.
Children’s entry shortlist
We love to see children beginning the home-grown journey while young. What better time to learn? We had some great entries again and our shortlisted children are:
Wilfred and Alfie
Children’s entry results
We were so impressed with you all and you should all be proud of your lovely vegetables. This year Amos wins first place, and Robin and brothers Wilfred and Alfie win Highly Commended.
Wonky veg entry shortlist
This category is the one that made us laugh most. It seems carrots are the funniest of all the veg, with our two shortlisted entries being carrots, though not necessarily orange!
Adam Lopez and Jennifer Baugher
Wonky veg entry results
Mica, who also comes under the children’s category, wins first place for her wonky veg, and Adam and Jennifer win Highly Commended for their joint entry.
Well done to all of those who entered and all of our first place and highly commended winners. We will be in touch over the next few days to arrange delivery of your prizes. Although we did say that we would give prizes to winners, we feel that our highly commended entries also deserve prizes, so will contact those too.
We’re so pleased so many of you are growing your own at home. Keep your eyes on our Botanics Stories blogs for more growing tips as well as www.facebook.com/EdibleGardeningProject and www.twitter.com/EdibleGarden1
The Edible Gardening project is kindly supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.