If you are considering entering your prized vegetables into the Slough Horticultural Show on August 18, there is still plenty of time to get growing.
Baby carrots, cucumber and turnips all take 30 to 50 days to flourish and radishes grow even quicker – in 21 days!
Courgettes are also very easy vegetables to grow if you are a first time grower, and the best time for sowing their seeds is now – in early June!
All of these vegetables can be grown in containers, grow bags or in the ground. If you are not confident at sowing seeds, young plants are available at local garden centres, DIY stores or some local allotment trading huts.
If all else fails and your vegetables don’t turn out as planned, you can always enter the ugliest vegetable class!
For further information on all the classes that can be entered at the show and to download a schedule and application form, go to www.slough.gov.uk/sloughshow
The Slough Horticultural Show takes place from 11am to 5pm on August 18 in Lascelles Park.
Haley Baldwin from the Slough Allotment Federation, said: “We hope this year's show will encourage growers of the future. Growing your own is also good exercise, and the whole family can get involved.
“It's not just about the biggest, somebody has to produce the best and it could be your prize winning runner beans.“
Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “I think I am most looking forward to seeing the weird and wonderful vegetables in the ugliest vegetable class!
“Whether you are a keen gardener or first timer, get growing now and enter into the show. It will be a fun filled day and you could win an award!”