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Audio: Monster marrow produced

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A gardener from south Wales has produced a monster marrow, which is anything but a light salad dish.

Phillip Vowles from Llanharry near Llantrisant was growing the vegetable for BBC Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble as part of a challenge on the station.

Phillip, who has been growing giant vegetables for more than 25 years, was forced to cut the huge marrow as it was starting to split.

It weighed in at 51kg (112lb). The world record is 93.7kg (206.5 lb), set by a grower in the Netherlands in 2009.

Phillip, who has been growing giant vegetables for more than 25 years, is still hopeful of he could reach the record in time for the Llanharry Giant Vegetable Show in September.

"I've got more still growing so I'm not beaten yet," he said.

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