Newport giant veg grower smashes UK tomato record
11:02am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Gwent news
World record breaking vegetable grower Ian Neale, has broken yet another record with his giant veg.
The 70 year old retired farmer from Newport broke a 26 year old UK Heavy Tomato record at Aberglasney Gardens first ever giant vegetable show in Carmarthen, on October 6.
Mr Neale broke the 1987 UK record, growing Britain’s largest tomato, weighing a juicy 2.602kg (5.73lb).
The previous UK record tomato was set in 1987 with a tomato weighing 2.26kg (5lb 9.5oz).
This brings Ian’s record breaking tally this year to three monster vegetables- a 54kg (119lb) World Record Swede and the UK largest ever Carrot weighing an incredible 8.35kg (18.4lb) both exhibited at the Malvern Autumn Show in September.
Mr Neale said, “I knew this was big, but just not that big.
“ It’s taken me years to learn how to grow these giant tomatoes but its firstly thanks to the Fortey brothers for developing the seeds and Secondly there’s only one thing that I have used this year that is different to any others and that is Shropshire Seaweed.
“Now that we have this winning formula let’s hope that in 2014 we can challenge the World Record of 3.52kg (7lb 12ozs) which has stood since 1986.”
Mr Neale has attracted a large fan base from his achievements, counting rapper Snoop Dogg as a fan.
Snoop Dogg has been a fan of Mr Neale since his first world record breaking Swede two years ago, when the rapper appeared on YouTube to congratulate the gardener and invite him to his gig in Cardiff to give him some advice on growing.
Snoop Dogg recently rang the gardener to congratulate him on his recent win at the Malvern Show in September.
Mr Neale’s next show will be the Peterborough East of England Show on October 13.
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