An amateur gardener has grown the heaviest potato in the world.Peter Glazebrook prospered the 8lb 4oz (3.8kg) spud in his ago garden in Hallam, close to Newark in Nottinghamshire.

The prize potato to be officially recognised by the Guinness publication of records in September 2010, beating the previous record of 7lb 13oz (3.5kg).

Mr Glazebrook has been growing large spuds for around 10 years. He stated of his source vegetable: "I was yes, really pleased to accomplish that."

The gardener walk not just grow huge potatoes yet all species of big vegetables in his back garden.

He has actually held ten human being records over the last twenty years and right now holds three, the other two gift the most difficult parsnip and the longest beetroot.

Mr Glazebrook called Radio Nottingham his passion for "monsters" come from trying to win prizes at his local garden present in Southwell, and it has actually just grown from there.

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Peter Glazebrook"s giant tomato is the biggest he"s ever before shown

This year he won prizes because that his marrows, onions and a 5lb tomato at the National huge Vegetable show in Somerset.

"That"s the most heavy tomato i have ever shown. I will certainly let that rot down now and save the seeds, hopefully flourish them again next year."

Peter claimed he has spent 2010 specialising in marrows after seed he offered away come a girlfriend in Holland damaged a human being record.

"I believed it would be a challenge to beat him," he said.

Tender love care

Peter gives hisgigantic vegetables a many tender love care.

The marrows undertake fleeces to the shade them indigenous the sunlight in the day and at night lock are placed to sleep v a ceiling to make sure they don"t acquire too cold.

By an outbuilding ~ above his property runs a six metre chute. Within the slide are 6 tubes filled through compost whereby he sows the seed of the long parsnips, carrots and also beetroot.

"I have to say that we"ve never had one to the bottom however we did grow the longest beetroot to 21 feet, which was practically at the bottom."

"Long cultivation season"

Mr Glazebrook explained the an enig of his success.


Gardener Peter Glazebrook grows his onions in oil drums

"It"s mainly having actually the appropriate varieties. Most of this are obtained by swapping seeds or tree with other growers.

"A lot of the vegetables friend cannot actually go and also buy the seeds, you"ve got to technique a huge vegetable grower or swap with an additional one.

"Having gained the right seeds it"s giving them a long farming season. It"s no good expecting to plant a potato in the feather in the garden and also dig up a human being record one in August.

"You"ve acquired to start them early in the greenhouse, pot lock on, care for them, tree them exterior with protection after the frosts...

Financial rewards

It is not for financial rewards that Peter start events. For a an initial prize at the nationwide competition you can win £60.

"We constantly say around a present we"ve done yes, really well if we have the right to cover the petrol money. It"s a hobby. It"s a challenge."

Peter admitted that people might think the bonkers.

"I prefer to think as giant vegetable growing as a funny hobby. Not too serious.

"What ns don"t choose is civilization who cannot grow giant veg looking down on it together something below them because actually the takes an ext doing than most of the various other classes."


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