If, like me, you’ve been struggling to get your vegetables growing well this year, if you’ve lost seedlings to the slugs, cabbages to the caterpillars and tomatoes to blight, you might want to look away now.  The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show started today, and from the fruit and veg on display there you’d think we’d just had a wonderful summer.  There were displays of perfect vegetables – tomatoes and French beans.

Tomatoes, French beans

Carrots and cauliflowers showing no signs of root fly or caterpillar damage.

There were the giant vegetables.

The winner in the giant marrow class weighed in at just under 120lb!

And there were beautifully arranged baskets and trugs of vegetables.

Having decided that my vegetable growing definitely wasn’t up to exhibition standards, I went looking for inspiration on the nursery stands.  I started my seed shopping for next year at the Heirloom Tomatoes stand – who could resist these fabulous tomatoes?

And these squash and chillies on the Robinson’s Seeds stand had me planning which varieties to grow next year.

Maybe next year’s harvest will look something more like this!

Where do you look for inspiration for your vegetable patch?

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