Green-fingered gardener Ian Neale has grown a record-breaking root vegetable by producing the world’s largest swede.
The gardener – who has been growing massive vegetables for 30 years- lovingly nurturing the mammoth 85.5lb vegetable to claim a place in the book of Guinness World Records.
Retired farmer Ian was a turnip for the record books when he carefully cultivated the six stone whopper – and beating the previous record by an impressive 3.5lbs.
You could make monster mash with that! Giant veg grower Ian Neale shows off his super-sized swede
Ian, from Newport, Gwent, said a lot of hard work and sweat had gone into making sure the rampant root had flourished.
‘It’s sweet – I’m chuffed to receive this title. It’s a a welcome achievement after months of hard work,’ he said.
‘You have got to put a lot into it, you’ve got to let it take over your life. If you are not going to try to win, then don’t do it.’
What a whopper! The vast vegetable has made it into the record books
Ian, who could make some monster mash from his super-sized swede, is no stranger to producing vast vegetables.
The keen gardener’s passion for giant vegetables started 30 years ago with a bet between friends over who could grow the biggest onion.
He previously held the record for biggest beetroot, with the beast tipping the scales at 51.5lb.
He has also grown a record breaking celery which tipped the scales at a staggering 52lb.
Ian now spends up to 70 hours a week working on his vegetables, getting them ready for shows around the country.
After taking home the top prizes, he then retires his winning vegetables from competition by feeding them to livestock on a local farm.