This Gardener Regularly Grows Giant Vegetables

Good day! We grow giant marrows, four foot in a month, 45 inches. These marrows would taste exactly the same as a normal marrow. Nice and tender and lush. Some of them look a bit tough, but once you cut into them, they cut like butter.

My name is Phillip Vowles. I live in Llanharry, Wales and I grow giant vegetables. I've been growing giant vegetables now for the last 30 years. I come from a very large family. My mother had 17 children, 13 of us survived, and I think, you know, big vegetables feed big families.

I’m up here every morning, every night, every single day of the week. There's a lot of love and care goes into it. Sometimes I do a bit of talking to them as well to encourage them to grow which is a bit of, you know, a bit of fun. I think he's just about finished growing there now. I got to be very careful the wife is not about when I start talking to my vegetables, but it's all good fun.

I broke the world record for the heaviest cucumber what, 25 years ago. It weighed 18 1/2 pound and it was just incredible the way it grew.

When I started, if we had a marrow 20, 30 pound in weight, you had a big marrow. Now, we're up over a 100 pound in weight. A normal cabbage would be two pound in weight, but we're growing 'em 120 pound. You can feed 120, 130, 140 people off one cabbage. This is why I supply the local pub, and they use them up for Sunday lunch.

I've developed my own strain, more or less, now. I select my own seed every year, the biggest and the best seed, and it just seems to be improving which is incredible. I grow organically. I had to think, if I can do it, anybody can do it, and it's a big thrill every day.

The wife say, "What am I doing up the lot every day?" And when she comes up she realize.

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