This year has seen most horticultural shows cancelled, leaving growers of supersized vegetables very little opportunity to show off their produce.
But while the pandemic might have stopped many from showing, it did not stop them growing.
Canna, a plant nutrient company, took its Giant Vegetable Championships on tour after the Malvern Autumn Show was cancelled, while the National Vegetable Society (NVS) moved some of its competitions online. Growers could enter by photographing their exhibit and submitting it via email.
This allowed vegetable growers like Nottinghamshire’s Joe Atherton – who holds five world records – to put his 2020 harvest to the judges.
The root vegetable, with a similar appearance to a parsnip, grew to 5.5m (18ft) during lockdown. He also beat his own longest beetroot record with an 8.5m (27ft) whopper. Mr Atherton said it was the only competition he would attend this year due to the pandemic.
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