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The Growers Diaries: Peter Glazebrook

Peter Glazebrook

Being born on a idyllic farmstead in the rural Nottinghamshire countryside, Peter has been a keen gardener ever since his early years constantly developing his naturally gifted green fingers.

Greatest achievement Every time a World Record is set
Growing Since Early years
Favourite plant Onions
Favourite CANNA product CANNA COCO

Growing can be addictive! I try to learn all I can about vegetables and growing, then spending my time trying to improve all the time.

You need to plan and work towards growing big and it is dedication. I am quite competitive in my nature, and I wouldn´t be growing giant vegetables if it wasn´t for the competition. You have got to have something to aim for and something to achieve at the end of it.

These onion were planted late, I started them in early October in pots in the greenhouse and they have been growing in there over winter. They were planted out about 6 weeks ago into here, but I am still getting some yellow tipping which is concerning! It could be over watering, but it could just be the fact that this is a very sunny tunnel that gets the morning sun and bleaching them. I am inclined to think it is the weather conditions.

We had a very hot spell a few weeks ago which wasn´t too concerning, but now we have had a fortnight of very cold weather with hard frosts and I am sure it is having a knock on effect. I am hoping we get a more temperate August!

In the last few years, I have been fortunate to be sponsored by CANNA which is very helpful as I have been supplied with CANNA products and I learned a lot about the products – I am really pleased with both the COCO and the TERRA.

I have had a lot of success over the years, world records particularly with onions. I measure my success by the results at shows. You can´t always win, but if you can get a personal best and grow bigger than before, it may not be a record but atleast you have had that personal achievement.

I haven´t been able to grow a big potato for years! I have two world records but the last 8 or 9 years I just cannot grow a heavy potato.

The weather has moved on quite a bit since my last diary, I have now got nearly all my summer vegetables planted out and I am well on track.

I started planting my tomato plants out and they already have started flowering. My long cucumber looked really healthy a couple of days ago but I noticed that it has sun scorch. It was such a bright day yesterday and it has scorched the leaves.

One of the things I am growing for the first time this year is broad beans. As the shows are later in the year, I have done three sewings. One is in flower, one is coming into bud and the others are just coming up in the pots inside the greenhouse. It is something new to me so I will have to see how I go with that.

My onions are growing ok now and I am quite pleased with them now, they just seemed to be a fortnight late. For the first time, I am growing four onions in Autopots. While I didn´t start them are early as my main onions, they have grown really well and I really wished I had put my first onions in the Autopots and started earlier with them.

I am trying to grow the longest leek and they are growing well! I am trying to draw them as I did get the record last year but I know it is beatable so I am trying to get the record again.

The last things I have to plant out are my late sewn tomatoes which are almost ready for planting. Then I have a later sewing broad bean still to plant out. Next time they should be out and growing well!

I shall be busy watering and feeding, it is more than dedication, it is 24/7!

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