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Gardener grows marrow 'heavier than a hippo'

Date:16-08-2013 07:58:06 read:2
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Gardener grows marrow 'heavier than a hippo'

A gardener has grown a mammoth marrow - heavier than a baby hippopotamus.

The massive marrow weighs in at a whopping 117.92lbs - heavier than a baby hippo. Photo: BEN STEVENS/WALES NEWS SERVICE

Green-fingered Phillip Vowles, 65, was stunned when his marrow ballooned to a weight of 118lb in just five weeks.

Retired gardener Phillip - who once laid claim to growing the world's heaviest cucumber - is cultivating the mammoth marrow ahead of a giant vegetable show.

He said: "This marrow has grown exceptionally fast. It has only taken five weeks.

"It's very unusual for it to grow so quick.

"The world marrow record is only around 150lbs so it could get close if it keeps growing at the rate it has.

"It's the biggest marrow I have ever grown. I had to have my son help me lift it."

The massive marrow weighs in at a whopping 117.92lbs - heavier than a baby hippo - and measures 96cm in length.

Phillip, from Llanharry, South Wales, said it was the largest he had ever grown using his special cross-pollination technique.

He said: "It was grown completely organically. We went to Italy on holiday and I brought some seeds back with me.

"I grew those and then cross-pollinated them. It sounds very technical but it's not.

"I have done it for years - more or less all my life.

"I broke the world record with a cucumber 20 years ago.

"Neighbours and friends get a big thrill out of me growing these things and the grandchildren like to see how big they are growing."

Former self-employed gardener and farm worker Phillip held the world record for growing the heaviest cucumber at 18.5lb.

It was broken by retired farmer Alfred Cobb in 2003 who grew a cucumber weighing 27 lb 5.3 oz.

Edited by Amy Willis

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