When 72-year-old Gerald Stratford hit 250,000 followers on Twitter, he tweeted his fans a virtual bouquet of daffodils. These days, the retiree spends upwards of five hours a day, tweeting out enthusiastic gardening advice. In early April, Stratford woke up to a blanket of snow covering his garden. "This time last year, I was planting my big onions," he rued in a video. Armed with curry and "a nice cup of Yorkshire tea," Stratford was nevertheless unfazed. "Never mind," he predicted. "It will all come good in the end." That's why The Cut dubbed him "the happiest man on Twitter."
Back to his onions. Stratford, who has grown a five-pound onion in the past, wants to grow a 10-pound one, soon (via The Cut). He's also grown a 150-pound pumpkin and an 80-pound zucchini. "I've had tromboncinos over 40 feet long. Three-pound tomatoes, nine-pound cucumbers, parsnips over four feet long" he told Eater. Obviously, he regularly wins local gardening shows, collecting titles for "straightest carrot," and the like. "Electric" is how he described the competitions to The Takeout. Meanwhile, Stratford told The Village Grapevine that "stump rooted carrots" were his "greatest success" this year. "Virtually everyone was perfect, even the one that grew five fingers became famous."
It's just hard not to get worked up about vegetable gardening when Stratford posts about it.
Upon being photographed with Gucci's "Off the Grid" collection, Gerald Stratford explained to High Snobiety that he picked up gardening from his father, who used to grow veggies after World War II, when it made sense, economically, to do that. "I like to think he was the greatest gardener in the world," Stratford told the magazine. You read that correctly. Even Gucci is in love with Stratford.
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