Everything’s terrorism these days. You can’t even grow a giant marrow without the bomb squad swinging by.
So it’s hardly much of a surprise that one man’s harmless but highly competitive hobby of growing outsize vegetables have attracted the attention of the law.
But, to be honest, it’s probably more to do with a huge purchase of various fertilisers, screws, plastic tubes and sheeting that a red light started flashing at GCHQ in Cheltenham.
As a teenage pyromaniac, those where exactly the things I bought when I wanted to make things go bang.
In his own words:
“All the things I had were things I needed for a homemade bomb.
“It’s a joke among the giant veg growing community that we might get a knock on the door from the boys in blue over the amount of fertiliser we buy.
“We joke that they would think we were making bombs – or growing cannabis.”
Meanwhile, back at the cop shop, a red light starts flashing on the drug squad’s desk.
And people are very protective of their homegrown veg:
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Other threats may include “Guess where this marrow’s going” and “You’re right, except it’s going up there sideways”.
So out take-home is this: Woe betide the person who upsets back-garden growers. They’ve got the kit, they’ve got the know-how, they WILL send you an exploding marrow.