Yesterday afternoon, I was back at the fairgrounds, submitting some of my garden produce in the horticulture competition of my county fair. This is my first time submitting in this competition, and I spent a lot of time making sure I submitted my very best. I spent a couple hours in the garden, harvesting everything that was ripe. Then I chose the most perfect produce of each variety (or decided I didn’t have anything competition worthy). The judging takes place this morning (in time for the fair’s opening tonight), and I’ll find out tomorrow if I won any ribbons for my gardening skills. Meanwhile, here’s what I submitted.
HOME GROWN HERBS:
In the herb competition, I submitted one of the dill heads on my fernleaf dill that was growing in my squash/pumpkin bed. They put it in a tiny clear vase for the judging, and it looks wonderful.
FRESHLY HARVESTED VEGETABLES:
I took these pictures on one of my china plates, but the judges will be displaying my produce on clear plastic plates during the competition.
I didn’t think I had any lima beans ready, but I did find a handful of good ones.
I was so happy to have both green and wax beans to submit.
I love these tiny red bell peppers. Aren’t they pretty?
I didn’t plan to enter my cubanelle peppers, but I had quite a few that were ripe – and these three that were very nice, indeed.
I waited all year to enter my pride and joy – my Peruvian lemon drop peppers.
Last week, I noticed I had an absolutely beautiful eggplant among the several growing. I kept checking it every day, hoping it would stay blemish free until the fair, and it did. Yes, eggplant in October.
The judges will be handing out several additional awards along with first, second, and third place ribbons. I can’t wait to see how I did!
I also entered several jars of my home-canned produce in the canning competition. If you missed yesterday’s article, click here to see my entries.
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Have you entered any of your garden produce at your local fair?