Fruity farmer Rowie Meers has found the perfect way to support her giant melons – using old BRAS.
Busty Rowie Meers, 45, came up with the idea after her crop of galia melons grew so big they threatened to break the vines they grow on.
After experimenting with a number of techniques, she realised the answer was quite literally right under her nose.
Rowie discovered that DD bras are perfect to support a pair of juicy water melons as they grow.
She launched an appeal for unwanted bras and customers have already donated 40 garments to her business, Purton House Organics near Swindon, Wilts.
Mother-of-three Rowie said: ”We had such a fantastic crop of galia melons and I was struggling to stop them swinging too low.
”We needed something to suspend them. My eureka moment came as I looked down the answer was under my nose.
”I thought let’s use bras because they suspend my melons very well, so let’s use them for this.”
Rowie, who only started growing galia melons this year, said: ”My own cup was not really big enough to hold the melons – so we asked our customers to send in their bras.
”We’ve been sent all kinds – from padded to lacey. We appreciate their support in more ways than one – especially the double D cups.
”It does make my polytunnel of melons look a bit odd, but it’s great fun. I’ve even considered using it as a chat up line!”
Rowie, who has been running the farm for 18 years, lives with daughters’ Lilly, 11, Matilda, 14, and Imogen, 16.
Her team of mainly female growers at Purton House Organics produce more than 250 vegetable boxes and 60 fruit boxes a week, as well as monthly meat boxes.
Rowie – who refuses to reveal her own bra size – added: ”This is run by women and we want women working on their own and that’s something else we’re trying to push.
”It is a local female-run business and we need people’s support.”
The farm has been selling the melons in fruit boxes and plans to do it again next year with both galias and watermelons.
Visitors can see the suspended melons at an open day at the farm on Saturday, from 11am until 4pm.