Many gardeners enjoy the competition of growing the largest vegetables and flowers. Think pound cabbages and pumpkins that gain 25 pounds in a day. These gargantuan veggies don't happen by accident; they take planning and care. But to get you started having some fun growing giant-sized vegetables, here are some easy steps toward success.
Photo courtesy of the author. Blue-ribbon winners or not, all those giant cabbages, zucchinis, and pumpkins need to be put to good use. Bears, moose, and bison feast on half-ton pumpkins, pound cabbages, pound marrows, and 7-pound carrots. Vegetable gardeners especially appreciate being able to get rid of their giant zucchinis, which can weigh 10 pounds or more. The Great Zucchini Race gives contestants a chance to select an extra-large summer squash, decorate it, and then race it against others for bragging rights. A portion of the race fee goes to a local nonprofit group. Scenes from zucchini car races.
Leeks Giant Musselburgh Heirloom. Huge stalks can reach up to 18 inches. Delicious and mild-flavored. Thick, succulent stems are used as an autumn and winter substitute for green onions. Maturity is about days.
The tomato Lycopersicon esculentum is a botanical fruit. Because the entire fruit wall or pericarp is fleshy, it is technically called a berry. Wayne's Word. Noteworthy Plants.