Century-old gardener gives tips on growing and longevity

A Californian news provider has been speaking to a 101-year-old man who claims his garden and greenhouse exploits, combined with a passion for golf, have kept him active past his centenary year.

Charles Ferguson told the Daily Breeze how he does not stress too much about his plants, but finds it most enjoyable and effective to "putter around", doing what he can.

The article explained how he has a green space full of fruit trees and vegetables, which he still digs, prunes, rakes and prepares for planting.

This, combined with the three full rounds of golf he plays per week, keeps Mr Ferguson active, the newspaper revealed.

It noted the avid grower regularly gives family and neighbours the literal fruits of his labour in the form of lemons, apples, tangerines, tomatoes and more.

The former rigger and aircraft worker reportedly developed his life-sustaining interest in plants while living on his grandparents Connecticut chicken farm in the 1920s.

One tip from Mr Fergusons decades of gardening is to leave asparagus stalks that are larger than the width of a pencil to rot in the soil, returning energy and nutrients as they do.

According to Garden Action, asparagus was first grown in Greece in around 500 BC.