A KEEN gardener has been left speechless after one of his tomato plants produced three times as many tomatoes than normal.
Green-fingered Bill Rutherford, of Hedgerow Mews in Ashington, has been interested in gardening since he was a child.
And the 82-year-old ex-miner was left stunned when one truss on his goldstar tomato plant produced 29 tomatoes – when the average is only ten.
Bill, who has appeared on numerous gardening shows on radio and TV, said: “I was very surprised when it produced this many.
“I’ve now got it on display in my greenhouse, I had to cut it off the plant as I was concerned that the weight of all these tomatoes would break the truss.”
Bill added that he uses his own compost on his other vegetables and plants that he grows.