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ROW­ERS of gi­ant veg­eta­bles will be gath­er­ing at this year’s Canna UK Na­tional Gi­ant Veg­eta­bles Cham­pi­onship to show off their mam­moth mar­rows, colos­sal cab­bages and out­sized onions in the hope of set­ting world records.

Cor­nish farmer David Thomas holds three world ti­tles – for the heav­i­est red cab­bage, the heav­i­est cu­cum­ber and the heav­i­est parsnip – and is chas­ing the ti­tle for the heav­i­est green cab­bage at this year’s Malvern Au­tumn Show, where the cham­pi­onship is held.

He has to har­vest his gi­ant cab­bages us­ing a very sharp saw to cut the stump and a mini dig­ger to winch the cab­bage out. He of­ten gets his neigh­bours to help him. His cab­bage fills up his truck and when he grew pump­kins, he needed a trailer to trans­port them.

Some gi­ant veg prove pretty ined­i­ble once they reach their max­i­mum size – the long­est run­ner beans are stringy, weighty cu­cum­bers go bit­ter and the heav­i­est parsnips are woody and tough. Other gi­ant veg such as cab­bage, leeks, toma­toes and onions are fine to eat.

David says that with the right seed and the right ad­vice, any­one can have a go at grow­ing gi­ant show veg­eta­bles.

“Go and speak to a top grower. Make sure they’re win­ning ,” he sug­gests. “Take what you’ve grown to the show – it doesn’t mat­ter how big it is or how small it is – and you’ll get talk­ing to peo­ple. You’ll never get crit­i­cised for hav­ing the small­est cu­cum­ber.”

He sug­gests the fol­low­ing guide­lines to gi­ant-veg novices.

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