Gardener Peter Glazebrook set a new record for the heaviest ever onion which weighed 18lb and 1oz (some 30 inches round) at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. 68 years old Peter Glazebrook from Harrogate, England has been trying for the honour of cultivating the world’s heaviest onion for 25 years but always missed out until the victory at Harrogate Flower Show. The amateur farmer holds an array of world records for his prowess in the garden and has broken ten world records in his 30 years of gardening.

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The previous world record of growing heaviest Onion was achieved by John Sifford from West Midlands, England. It weighed 16 lbs and 8.37 ounces (some 30 inches round). Speaking of this year's success, the retired chartered surveyor, from Halam, near Newark, said: "It was such a surprise. I didn't expect it at all. I had weighed it at home but you never know how much it is going to weigh once it is trimmed of its leaves and roots and weighed by officials at the show. I had a feeling it was close but when we found out it was over the record, well I was very pleased."

Revealing some of the secrets of his success, Mr Glazebrook said: "The main reason I'm getting bigger onions I think is that I grow them in large pots rather than in the garden soil now. I use a different compost and also have to carefully manage the light and temperature."

Mr Glazebrook currently holds three world records for heaviest potato and heaviest parsnip. Glazebrook's potato was officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records weighing 8lb 4oz (3.8kg) hence beating the previous record of 7lb 13oz (3.5kg). Mr Glazebrook also broke the Guinness World Record for the heaviest parsnip, at 13lb. He said, "The previous record was something like 17ft 5in, and this one is 5.607 metres, which is 18ft 5in. The details will have to go off to Guinness World Records but it's going to be a world record. I am chuffed. It is very tricky to grow long parsnips. I grow them in pipes attached to the gable end of a barn so they grow downwards and what happens is the parsnip grows long and thin. The pipe comes apart in half lengthways and it's a very delicate operation to get it out of the soil without breaking it. I managed it with this one."