The Man Who Grows Giant Vegetables in Wales

Phillip Vowel grows giant vegetables for a quarter of a century now. He grows all kinds of vegetables including massive marrows. Instead of talking about him, let’s listen to his story in his own words:

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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.

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I come from a very large family. My mother had 17 children. 13 of us survived, and I think, you know, that was something, 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 fun.

I broke the world record for the heaviest cucumber 25 years ago. It weighed 18 1/2 pound and it was just incredible the way it grew. When I started i could grow a marrow 20, 30 pounds in weight. Now, we’re up over 100 pounds in weight.

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A normal cabbage would be two pounds in weight, but we’re growing up to 120 pounds. You know, 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.

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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.

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