Hot sum­mer helped growth spurt

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BY STEPHEN STE­WART s.ste­wart@dai­ A GREEN-FIN­GERED grower is hop­ing to squash the com­pe­ti­tion at a flower show with a 12-stone mar­row he wraps in a du­vet each night.

Kevin Fortey has lov­ingly tended to his gar­gan­tuan veg for eight weeks. He cred­its this sum­mer’s record-break­ing weather and his ten­der bed­side man­ner for its mam­moth size.

The 4.5ft-long green squash has still to be for­mally weighed but Kevin be­lieves it will beat his pre­vi­ous best in 2010, which tipped the scales at 12st 2lb.

Dad-of-one Kevin, from south Wales, is bid­ding for top prize in Har­ro­gate Flower Show’s gi­ant veg­etable com­pe­ti­tion.

The civil ser­vant said: “We cover them in blan­kets and when it gets re­ally cold, they get tucked in with du­vets to keep them warm.”

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