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Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le

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April 21, 2021 | 07:49

Phan Van Liem, 46, likes to grow exotic and giant species of fruits and veggies in his garden. His collection of super big produce has recently garnered attention from garden lovers.

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Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

Liem is a self-employed man with three-year experience in rooftop gardening. "Seeing a lot of people sharing their giant produce on Facebook group, I got so excited and wanted to have my own garden", he told VNE.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

Last year, Liem tried growing the giant squash in foam boxes for the first time. With only one single tree, he collects more than 20 large size fruits, the largest one weighing more than 34 kg.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

The young man also planted the bottle gourd species which resembles a wine gourd, each fruit can weigh up to 10kg. For cooking, he uses the young gourds only, each measures around 3kg.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

Kale veggies in Liem's garden also yield large leaves. His secret is to focus on quality over quantity, planting only one plant per pot.

For leaf-eating veggies, Liem often waters the plant at around 4-5 pm. Watering them at night would only make an ideal environment for pests and diseases, he said.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

A white, giant bitter melon fruit is another highlight of the garden. Each giant bitter melon is comparable to a 1.5-liter soft drink bottle.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)
Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

All veggies and fruit trees in the garden are neatly arranged and carefully cared for every day.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

He planted about 30 aloe vera trees. Since the aloe veras are bigger than normal, he once harvested over 50kg at one take. He saved some for his family and gives the rest majority to the temple.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

His loofah fruits measure over 1 meter in length.

Rooftop garden 'laden' with giant fruits and veggies
(Photo courtesy of Phan Van Liem/ via VNE)

From a person who was zero in gardening, Liem turned to the Internet and others' experience to horn his skills and learn more about veggies and fruits growing. Gardening has gradually become one of his passion.

"The passion gives me more energy to realize it. Planting trees is like raising a child, it's important to take care of it at the early stage. When they are cultivatable, we must keep a close eye on them to timely detect any possible pests and diseases", Liem said.

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