It’s as tall as he is and certainly weighs a heck of a lot more.

But little Harley Brown is determined to do all he can to help grandad Paul turn out a top monster pumpkin.

It is the first time keen gardener Paul Bastow, of Slaithwaite, has attempted pumpkins on his allotment in Olney Street.

Not that he’s any stranger to huge veg. His 10½lb onions have helped him win awards at many shows in the past.

Paul, 51, works as a security consultant and also helps his family run the Casa Colina tapas restaurant in Kiln Hill, Slaithwaite.

He’s proud of the fact that he is growing a special variety of Slaithwaite peppers to serve up in the restaurant.

But it is the monster pumpkin – tipping the scales at 215lb – that is taking up a lot of time.

“Its mother was a 1,200½ lb beauty in the United States so I know the pedigree. I sourced the seeds from a specialist in the States and you get to know the heritage.

“There is no great secret to growing them. I prepared a well-manured bed in the polytunnel and made sure it gets plenty of water.

“On some days, it can take up to 20 gallons of water but many vegetables are like humans; they are mainly water. You need to get the watering right, otherwise it will split.

4-yr-old Harley Brown with his grandad Paul Bastow's giant pumpkin at Slaithwaite
 

“Harley, who is four, has turned out to be a really keen gardener and he has been helping out throughout the holidays.

“He grew some carrots on his own this time and entered them in the Slaithwaite gardens show last weekend and won prizes, including one in a class where he was up against adults.

“I have been entering shows for years and have won a few times, both locally and nationally.

“The pumpkin is now about 250lb and it’s getting bigger every day.

“It will stay until well into October so there’s a chance for it to get much bigger yet. Then comes the problem of what to do with it: it’s already very hard to lift and and it’s too big to get out of the door of the polytunnel.

“Harley and I will come up with something and I’d love to see it on his doorstep for Halloween.”