'The vegetable king' brings out book on gardening
A gardening grandad from the Cotswolds who has over a quarter of a million fans on Twitter has written a book of gardening tips and wisdom.
Gerald Stratford, who lives in Milton-under-Wychwood has a huge Twitter following with over 308,000 followers to his page (@geraldstratfor3)
His charming book, entitled Big Veg, is full of Gerald's encouragement, dry humour and grandfatherly wisdom, making it the perfect companion for anyone keen to grow-your-own.
Big Veg is a charming and gentle handbook, illustrated with photos of Gerald at home in his garden. With an easy to follow month-by-month guide to sowing, planting and harvesting, and tips on how to grow really big veg, Gerald's book is packed with decades of gardening know-how.
Gerald said: "I am very grateful for all the interest my wonderful friends and followers on Twitter have taken in my gardening. If you're looking to learn more about growing big veg or to find out about the way I do things, I hope this book gives you the motivation you need to get out in the garden."
Gerald lives in Milton-under-Wychwood with his partner Liz, their dog Sky and Jet the cat. He has been described as "The vegetable king" by The Independent newspaper.
Gerald's earliest childhood memories are of helping his dad in the garden and on the allotment and he now continues to pass that love for gardening on to his children, grandchildren and thousands of online followers.
Big Veg is published by Headline, priced £14.99 and out on hardback on September 2.