Great-grandad’s joy with a giant tomato
A PROUD great-granddad from Sleaford has wowed his family and friends by growing a giant tomato in his garden.
Lewis Hall, 83, said the key to his sensational tom which weighs in at just over half a kilogram was dedication.
He said: “Every day the plants need water and feed alternatively. They have to be kept moist and the compost is very important. Everything needs a bit of variety to grow well.
“When the seeds are first planted it is also very important to keep them warm and at a constant temperature.”
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Mr Hall planted the Country Taste F1 variety of tomato seeds in February this year and said that he couldn’t believe how well they had grown.
He added: “When I saw how big that one had grown I felt very proud. There are a couple of other big ones still waiting to ripen so they could potentially grow even bigger than this one.”
He also said that the direction of the sun light into his garden has helped his fruit to flourish.
He said: “Where I grow them they get protection from the North and the East winds and they are in a sun trap.”
Mr Hall moved to Sleaford in 1999 from Nottingham where he used to have an allotment and enter his chrysanthemums, lettuces and onions in local shows.
He gives his tomatoes away to his friends and family including his two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He added: “I’m always complimented on them. People tell me they taste very sweet.”