‘No secret’ to growing giant veg
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