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It’s back! The Great British Spud Off 2014

Spud Off

A new year. A new set of rules. And a new colour for the logo. Are you up for the spud growing challenge?

Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural Great British Spud Off, we’re launching a new challenge this year.

And we need YOU to join in the fun.

All you need is ONE container of your choice, ONE seed potato, and whatever soil or compost you wish to grow it in as we hunt for Britain’s* spud growing champ. Last year’s victor, Gordon Stewardson, SHOCKED THE WORLD with his mighty haul of ‘pink fir apples’ grown in a regular dustbin. This year, we’re letting you choose whatever variety of potato you like – the winner will be the person with the heaviest haul from a single spud. There are no prizes (unless a friendly business wants us to pimp their wares in exchange of a prize) other than the GLORY of being crowned our 2014 Spud Off champ.

“Count me in. What do I do next?”
In order for us to compare results, there are a few simple rules as follows…

1. Build or plunder a container and plant JUST ONE POTATO of your choosing in it.

2. Send us a photo of your container, the variety of potato chosen and a few basic planting details (date planted, soil used, etc).

3. When your spud bounty is harvested send us a photo of your haul and tell us how many potatoes you produced and their overall weight.

“Sounds easy. Can I really choose any potatoes I like?
Yep. Part of the skill this year is in selecting a variety you think will produce the heaviest yield. Important scientific institutes read this blog and I’m sure they’ll also be fascinated by the invaluable research this competition will provide.

“Count me in! Who do I send entries to?”
If you’re interested in taking part then get in touch by using the form on our contacts page, or email Don’t forget to send us photos – every entry will get posted in our Spud Off contenders blogs. And keep the Spud Off chat lively on twitter by using the hashtag #spudoff.

For container inspiration, check out last year’s contenders here.

To see last year’s results, click here.

*International entries are most welcome

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