HUGE: Grantham resident Ken Arndt has produced a massive New Guinea bean measuring more than a metre in length.
HUGE: Grantham resident Ken Arndt has produced a massive New Guinea bean measuring more than a metre in length. Tom Threadingham

Monster bean created from bet at pub

GRANTHAM'S very own Frankenstein of the vegetable world has been creating monsters in his backyard.

First it was the monster banana bunch weighing in at 38kg with 273 bananas, now Grantham resident Ken Arndt has produced a massive New Guinea bean.

The idea to grow the New Guinea bean, which measures in at one metre in length, originated from a friendly bet at the local pub.

"A bloke bet me at the Helidon pub that it couldn't be done," Ken said.

"They reckon they can grow up to two metres long and I said well I'll grow one well over a metre long.

"And he bet me (that I couldn't do it)."

Setting out to win the bet, even Ken had seeds of self-doubt about whether it could be achieved in his backyard.

"Well I didn't believe it really myself that they would grow that big, I've never seen a bean grow that big before," he said.

However, after about two months of love and care, Ken proudly produced the monster bean, and won the bet.

"He was supposed to buy me a half a dozen scotches if I could get one over a metre long," he said.

The New Guinea bean isn't the only thing Ken grows, with the Grantham man well known for his green thumb.

"I grow a lot of vegies and I seem to always grow good quality stuff here and I don't spray them with anything, all the stuff is organic."

Ken Arndt picked a monster 38kg bunch of 273 bananas at his home in Grantham. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star
Ken Arndt picked a monster 38kg bunch of 273 bananas at his home in Grantham. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star Tom Threadingham

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