‘No se­cret’ to grow­ing gi­ant veg

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CHAM­PION veg grower Ian Neale says there is no se­cret to grow­ing gi­ant cab­bages but it does need time, pa­tience and a lit­tle bit of cash.

Mr Neale, 75, was cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning the classes for heav­i­est car­rot, beet­root and cab­bage in the gi­ant veg­etable com­pe­ti­tion at Har­ro­gate Au­tumn Flower Show, North York­shire.

The pen­sioner from New­port, south Wales, has a long his­tory of grow­ing mam­moth veg and hit the head­lines seven years ago when US rap­per Snoop Dogg con­grat­u­lated him on his prize en­tries.

His win­ning ef­forts in Har­ro­gate yes­ter­day were a 66.6lb cab­bage, a 42.5lb beet­root and a 9.5lb car­rot.

He said: “There re­ally is no se­cret. It’s just about hav­ing the right seed and the right grow­ing con­di­tions and you have to put in plenty of time. You do need a lit­tle bit of money – for com­post and fer­tiliser – but that’s it.”

> Ian Neale with his win­ning 4.29kg car­rot

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