Would you leek at that!
YOUNGSTER Athena Macdonald visited Cardwell Garden Centre at the weekend and came across some giant vegetables that almost dwarfed her. Athena, aged five, saw some amazing veg on display at Cardwell, which hosted the Strathclyde Leek and Onion Society Show over the weekend. Even 24-year-old waitress Amy McFadyen, who works in Cardwell’s Patio Restaurant couldn’t resist a look at the enormous onions that had been carefully cultivated by the keen gardeners. There were almost 200 categories of vegetables entered in the competition, including potatoes, carrots, cauliflowers, beetroot and of course, leeks and onions, which had been planted and nurtured by enthusiastic gardeners for the past nine months. Prize money ranged from £10 to £45 for some categories and the event attracted competitors from all over Scotland, as well as big crowds to see the giant veg put on display. As well as the vegetable show, Cardwell staged a Craft Fayre, barbeque, children’s entertainment and the Underheugh Ark Animal Rescue Centre brought some of the animals they had saved for youngsters to see. Cardwell retail general manager, Paul Carmichael said: “The gardeners who compete in this show take their hobby very seriously and can spend as much as three hours every day tending their vegetables. “We always get big crowds coming along to see the vegetables and it never ceases to amaze people how big the gardeners can get the veg to grow.”