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Growing Giant Vegetables: 
Create Your Own Giant's Garden


Want to create some ginormous garden fun in your backyard?  Maybe a Big Friendly Giant might even come to visit.  :)

Some plants have varieties that grow larger than the standard variety, with the right planting and care.  Find a patch in your garden as the setting for your Giant's Garden.  A nice sunny position, with deep, fertile soil and lots of room to spread out is best.

Make sure you leave plenty of room between plants.  Each plant needs access to lots of space, both down and outwards, to extend its roots so that it can take in abundant water and nutrients, in order to support growth to a giant size.  Give the plants plenty of water, suitable for each ones needs.  Remember that over-watering can be as bad as under-watering, so you need to work out which plants need what amount of water.  Many pants will also grow larger and healthier with regular fertilising, using a good organic fertiliser or composted manure.  A good layer of mulch will also help moderate the soil temperature and hold in moisture, as well as eventually breaking down as additional food for your plants.

Compost tea is another way of ensuring your veggies have what they need.  Just look at what Guiness world record holder John Evans achieves with his compost tea!


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So why not have a go at growing some yourself?
Have a look at these amazing giant veggies for inspiration!

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With absolutely ideal conditions, even standard plants can grow much bigger than normal, so you may like to try experimenting to see what you can achieve with them, as well as some actual giant varieties.  My grandfather, who lived in a fertile country location, and must have had a very green thumb, had great pride in his giant carrots, parsnips, pumpkins, tomatoes etc, all grown from standard varieties.  He won many prizes in the local country agricultural shows and fairs.  He used to bring us boxes of them whenever he came down to the city.

As with any plants, choose varieties that suit your particular area climate, micro-climate, soil type and the time of year.

Some plants may need extra support, such as stakes or trellises, as they will be trying to support a lot of weight.

If you want to be extra creative, make some over-sized items to go in your garden, such as an oversize wooden bench/chairs and table out of old wood pieces, and maybe track down some giant sized coffee mugs or use serving plates as dinner plates... or make your own from clay or papier mache.  You could also create your own giant-sized scarecrow.


Here are a few ideas for giant-sized plants you could include in your garden:


Giant Sunflowers

Bright, happy sunflowers come in lots of varieties, some of which can grow to astounding sizes.

Some varieties that have large heads and/or very tall plants are Mammoth, American giant Hybrid, Skyscraper, Giant Russian and Yellow Empress.

Sunflowers are easy to grow and the large seeds make them simple to plant.  The seeds are also extremely nutritious, but you may be lucky to get many as birds etc love them also.

This video shows how to plant, grow and harvest giant sunflowers.


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The following video, although actually of dwarf sunflowers, is a rather lovely timelapse.  Worth watching.

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Giant Pumpkins

Giant pumpkins have been prized for a long time and have been the centrepiece of many Halloween decorations, as well as entries in competitions at fairs.

To get the biggest results, choosing a giant pumpkin variety is best.  Some varieties you may like to try are Atlantic giant, big Max and Big Moon.

Here's a good article on growing giant pumpkins.  http://www.leridaestate.com.au/pages/10-Steps-to-a-Giant-Pumpkin.html

And a great guide here!  http://www.giantveg.co.uk/index.php/en/grow-guides/11-growing-guides/53-how-to-grow-giant-vegetable-pumpkin-from-seeds

Here's a cool giant pumpkin time-lapse.

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Giant Onions

Although nowhere near as spectacular as giant pumpkins, onions can be grown to comparably huge sizes for their plant.

Some varieties to try are Ailsa Craig, Yellow or YellowSweet Spanish, Ringmaster, Sterling, Snow White, Walla Walla and Big Daddy

Here's a good video guide to growing onions... some important tips covered here!

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Giant Tomatoes

Tomatoes can also be found in giant varieties.  These include Giant Red Beefsteak, Big Zac, Marianna's Peace, Giant Oxheart, Giant Belgium, Dixie Golden, Dinner Plate.  

Tip: To grow really big tomatoes, it can help to cull some of the fruit from the plant... keep the healthiest, biggest ones.  This means that the plant can put all its energy into a couple, or few, giant sized fruits.

Here's a great guide to growing tomatoes.

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Giant Watermelon

As normal watermelons are already fairly large, growing a giant one should be a lot of fun!

Some varieties to try include Carolina Cross, Black Diamond and the Georgia Rattlesnake.

Here's a great guide to growing giant watermelons.  In fact, the whole site is dedicated to growing giant veggies.  Happy Growing!
http://www.giantveg.co.uk/index.php/en/11-growing-guides/26-giant-watermelon




 


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