Courgettes led the field at the the first annual Allotment Underground Awards last night, picking up 'best crop'. Initially touted as a favourite, the plant had been eclipsed by a late sweetcorn comeback.
Here are the full results from the night:
Best crop: courgettes
Judged declared: "A rousing debut in a lacklustre field."
Best pest defence: beer
Judges praised its stunning opening night, when 85 slugs were dispatched.
Best recycling: rabbit bedding
Widely regarded as an ingenious entry, head and shoulders above the competition.
Best blog: Soilman's Allotment Blog
A surprise win, beating off stiff competition from Horticultural.
Best book: The Allotment Keeper's Handbook by Jane Perrone
One judge remarked, "It's rare to find a book which educates and entertains in equal measure, a worthy addition to the bookshelf of any allotmenteer."
The turnout for the awards was small, but the organisers remain upbeat, convinced the ceremony will become a fixture of the allotment calendar.