Hot summer helped growth spurt
BY STEPHEN STEWART email@example.com 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.”