Retired old man famous for growing giant vegetables

From the first day of work, many young people have hatched plans for a later retirement life.

Have you ever wondered what your life will be like in the future?

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In May 2020, during an outbreak of disease in the UK, a post on the Twitter platform: “Very happy to receive the first rocket.” The post owner explains that “rockets” are early harvest potatoes.

Gerald Stratford, a 73-year-old retired gardener, became famous on social media and was nicknamed the “Vegetable King” by netizens.

Accidentally famous for giant vegetables

“The mobile phone kept buzzing, I thought the cell phone was broken.”

In the photo, the lovely old man in a pink shirt and jeans is unexpectedly famous for his online post. In just 2 days, his account gained 9,000 more followers.

In early 2019, with the help of his nephew, Mr. Gerald, a gardener, had his own social media account, often sharing the fruits of his cultivation:

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“First time growing such a long gourd, like a snake hanging upside down in the vegetable garden,” Gerald Stratford boasted on Twitter.

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“The first giant cabbage was harvested, just plucked in the vegetable garden with old friends.”

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“Surprise? This giant pumpkin.”

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“Celery is so big, what do you think should be delicious?”.

Curious netizens: “How to grow such a huge vegetable?”.

Gerald explains that the first condition for growing larger-than-normal vegetables is high-quality seeds. After that, fertilizing and caring for irrigation.

Of course, Mr. Gerald also has the “secret”: refined fertilizers. It’s just that he was “afraid” to reveal it to everyone.

After becoming an “online celebrity”, many garden lovers, but miserable not knowing where to start, texted Gerald Stratford asking for the secret:

There are also netizens asking questions: “Isn’t the giant vegetable that is not quality guaranteed, the taste is not as good as ordinary vegetables?”.

“I can’t say exactly because everyone’s taste is different, but my vegetables are delicious. Because from the growth cycle, their growth period is longer than that of conventional vegetables,” says Gerald.

In the photos, Stratford often proudly holds his fruit and vegetables. Smiling happily, bringing a feeling of welcome spring sunshine.

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Artwork sent by a fan to Gerald Stratford.

Horticulture is not all of Stratford’s life. He also shared on Twitter the little happy things every day:

“Delicious cakes sent by friends. Open a bottle of wine to welcome the weekend. Sit on the sofa with a dog, a small cat…”.

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Life at the end of life thought it was boring but it was unexpectedly changed

Is there anything in this world that lasts forever and never disappears? Well, let’s try once to dedicate yourself to gardening.

Initially, Gerald Stratford wanted to meet like-minded friends on social networks to exchange gardening experiences, but now gardening knowledge has become more common. That is book.

In early September 2021, the first gardening book titled Big Veg by Gerald Stratford has been published. The book not only explains the techniques of growing vegetables, but the words are described with a sense of humour.

Stratford hopes that young people will be passionate about gardening, so that knowledge about horticulture will be widely spread.

“If I could leave a legacy, it would be to engage children in gardening”he said.

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Gerald Stratford and the first book, Big Veg.

Many fashion brands came to invite Gerald to work. Taking that opportunity, he introduced everyone to his favorite gardening time.

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Participate in gardening fashion photography.

Gerald Stratford had the opportunity to exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Showone of the most famous and largest horticultural fairs in the world.

Gardening was a part of Gerald Stratford’s life from a very young age.

Stratford’s father patiently taught him how to sow, water, and fertilize. Stratford owns a small vegetable plot of his own, every day after school the first thing is to run to the vegetable garden to see if the fruits and vegetables are large or not. The “fire transmission” and companionship of the father planted the seeds of love for gardening in the heart of young Gerald.

Stratford views plants as his children and often chats with them in the hope that they will thrive.

In his view, the land is a place of surprises. After sowing seeds and seeing young green leaves sprouting on the ground, you will be a little satisfied. Continue to dig deep, in the soil there are fruits and vegetables.

After two failed marriages, Gerald Stratford and his old friend Liz have known for many years move to the beautiful countryside to live together. Their common hobby is gardening, he likes to grow vegetables and Liz likes to grow flowers.

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Gerald Stratford (left) and Liz (right).

In his view, farming is a breath of earth and water that can connect with nature, bringing him peace.

“If the mood is depressed, just take a walk to the garden, pull out the weeds, I will feel so much better”exclaims Gerald.

Source: Thepaper

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