Bragging rights at stake for grower of best spud

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Milton Bruce RSA secretary Donna Williams says it is time for master gardeners to dust off their secret recipes, mulches and potions for growing the best spuds and to enter in the annual Milton Bruce RSA fundraising spud dig.

The competition seed potatoes were now available and she invited growers to come along and select wisely to ensure they had the best spud, Mrs Williams said.

“They get to pick a spud for $5. The brand is a secret so they don’t know what they have. They then go home and weave their magic with it.

“Then on March 16, 2019, we will go around to their gardens and dig up the plants to see how many and how heavy.”

She said in the interest of fairness growers were not allowed to dig up the spuds.

The spuds are judged on the heaviest shaw of potatoes and the largest individual potato.

Mrs Williams said one year a woman member grew 20kg of potatoes off one spud.

“Last year our heaviest shaw was 11kg and the largest spud weighted in at 750g.”

She said that every year there was someone who forgot to plant their spud, claiming they left it in the footwell of their car or forgot about it in the hot water cupboard.

Winners receive small prizes – and bragging rights for the next 12 months.