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World record radish and carrot

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World's longest radish - on the showbench

Joe adds to his monster veg success tally

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World’s longest radish – on the show bench

Geordie ex-miner Joe Atherton has set a new world record for the longest radish at the Malvern Autumn Show’s Giant Vegetable Championships, measuring a whopping 5.023m.

It was grown from seed of the white-skinned ‘mooli’ strain April Cross F1, supplied by specialist vegetable seedsman DT Brown.

He also broke the world record for the longest carrot, with a 6.245m long root of St Valery, at the show, held on September 24-25.

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Tim Jeffries and Rachel Cole of DT Brown with the world record-beating radish

Joe, who now lives in Mansfield, has been growing giant vegetables for more than 25 years. He sowed the April Cross seed early in the season and allowing a week for germination, it grew to its record length in less than four months.

He grows his radishes in two long guttering pipes that are close together and are held on an upward 45-degree angle in a polytunnel, using a 50:50 mix of very fine peat and soil riddled to less than 1/16th of an inch, to allow the roots to grow as long as possible.

Joe grew three radishes this year, but next year intends to sow two weeks earlier and use a longer pipe, as this world record setter reached the bottom of the pipe, so could have been longer still.

At the Harrogate Autumn Show last month, Joe also won the giant onion competition with a 15lbs 10oz specimen and the longest runner bean (31.1024 inches) to go with his many other records over the years.

DT Brown’s Tim Jeffries said: “While we pride ourselves on the quality of our seed, we take our hats off to Joe for setting new radish and carrot world records, which are tributes to his skill and hard work. Well done, Joe!”

For a copy of the new Fruit and Vegetables Catalogue 2017, write to DT Brown Seeds, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or visit www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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