Walking with Cabbages.... Challenge..!!

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  1. Phil A

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    Following on from the sponge thread, this is the new home of the 1st annual Gardeners Corner growing competition.

    The 2011 plant of choice is to be.....

    The Walking Stick Cabbage. Brassica oleracea palmifolia.

    The aim in the first part will be to grow the biggest plant.

    The second part will be to fashion a walking stick out of the stem.

    Remember, you need the stem to be sound, so high nitrogen feeds that produce sappy growth are probably not a good idea.
     
  2. Phil A

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    Thanks for starting the thread Ziggy, it should be a great bit of fun.

    No need to send me any money! :thumb:
     
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    Looking forward to this!

    How about we send you a spare stamp John? (as well as the one we put on our sae), then you cover you costs...once you've written a few letters!
     
  5. Sussexgardener

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    Thanks for starting this Ziggy (and a much better title than I came up with).

    John, I'll be in touch to arrange seeds.

    Perhaps we need a list of who is participating?

    Ziggy searchfield
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    The best way (which works on another forum I am on) is to copy the list above and add it to your post, if you can, with your name at the bottom.
     
  6. Phil A

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    That sounds like a good way Aaron.:yez:

    I liked your title, its just that i've got a strange sense of humour, i can't watch walking with dinosaurs without thinking of Ken Hom.
     
  7. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    The way things have been going for me this year I'm likely to need a walking stick pretty soon.

    So I think you can count me in.:gnthb:

    Ziggy searchfield
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  8. Victoria

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    Just to say Cabbages on Walking Sticks are very popular here as they are a perennial called Couve-galega. I have often thought about growing one as they take up a dot of a space and you just pick the lower leaves off as and when you want them to make the famous Caldo Verde with it.

    Good luck to all of you participating.
     
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    Go on Victoria, give it a go!
     
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    John, I haven't read the Sponge Thread ... so I'll have a look and maybe .. just maybe, I'll have a go ... no promises though ... :hehe:
     
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    Do we need a list of who is participating - or is it just open to all and the participants are the people who put entries in at the end of the competition.
     
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    I guess the list of participants will develop as it goes along, with each new person copying and pasting the existing list and adding their name at the end.

    Is a closing date for starting required - or rather, what is the latest date for sowing the seeds!
     
  13. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Well I would think it would be nice to know who was taking part from the start, personally.

    Sort of "Know your enemy" kind of thing.:D
     
  14. Phil A

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    Open to all, like Aaron says, just copy & paste your name onto the bottom of the list.

    But remember, this is a bit of fun. No sneaking round in the middle of the night with copper nails & glyphosate :tnp:
     
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    Well put my name on the list of your enemies Pete - I'll be there with a big, tall cabbage :D
    I think we need an opening and closing date.
    I would propose open 1st Jan 2011 - for the early growing maniacs
    Close 30th Sept 2011.
    Start anytime you like after 1st Jan, and grow by fair means or foul, any witchcraft you like.
    Jings, I'm getting carried away with this.
     
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