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Tennessee Man Usng Watermelon for Therapy

Adamsville, Tenn. -- In a 16x36 foot garden, Wilson Forsyth, 95, has grown the largest watermelon he has seen in all of his days of farming.

"It keeps your mind busy, and I think it's good for me. It keeps me alive. my doctor told me to keep walking that every day, too," Forsyth said.

Forsyth is the ring-leader for the garden at Adamsville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, where he lives with his friends, Freddie Welch and Edward McLin.

They grow all sorts of vegetables, too. The gardening is a type of physical therapy for these guys.

"I was born and raised on a farm, so I farmed all my life 'til I was grown," McLin said.

The men said farming is something they have done all their life and this gets them outside the walls of the building and lets them do something that they love.

"It's better than looking at four walls, when I'm not doing that I'm reading something - newspapers, westerns, I like John Wayne movies," Forsyth said.

The men said their favorite part is getting to see their friends and neighbors at the rehabilitation center get to enjoy their hard work.

"That's my goal, make them grow bigger, better, and good," Freddie Welch said.

The gardeners hope that next year they can grow a watermelon that is 50 pounds.

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