Jeremy Clarkson admits his farm is an ‘expensive failure’ as it’s cost him a fortune

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Jeremy Clarkson has admitted his attempts at being a farmer have cost him a fortune.

The bungling TV presenter has been sharing his escapades in hit Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s farm.

Delighted fans have seen him struggle to control sheep and get an electric shock from his own fence at his Cotswolds farm, known as Diddly Squat, which he has owned since 2008.

The Grand Tour host also invested in a Lamborghini tractor which was too big for his shed and he later found out had the wrong hitch, meaning it couldn’t be used with any of his farming equipment.

Since he took over the running of the farm 18 months ago, the 61-year-old revealed he had invested in “many new and exciting money-spinning projects, and then watched in horror as almost all of them ended in expensive failure.”

Jeremy Clarkson bought a Lamborghini tractor which was too big for his shed.

Writing in his column for The Times, the wannabe farmer explained: "My first idea was potatoes and they grew well.

"Sadly, I ended up with 16 tons of the damn things, which was not a large enough amount to interest the supermarkets, but it was too much to sell at the side of the road.

“And by the time I’d built a farm shop in which they could be sold, they had all rotted.”

Jeremy Clarkson struggles to control sheep in his new series, Clarkson's Farm.
(Image: Amazon Prime Video)

Next the former Top Gear star planned to rear trout on the grounds of the Chipping Norton farm.

He explained: “I made a pond, provided shade so they didn’t get sunburnt and imported from America an automatic fish feeder.

“I sold a few to my local pub and ate a couple one night with some of the potatoes that hadn’t rotted.

“The rest were stolen by otters and herons.”

Jeremy Clarkson at his Diddly Squat Farm Shop in Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds.

But the TV presenter said his “biggest disaster by far” was trying to grow wasabi.

Revealing the inspiration behind the idea, he decided to try it because the thought he might be the only farmer in Britain producing it.

However, the wasabi ended up being eaten by Clarkson’s own pheasants which resulted in them breaking into a sweat and “squawking a lot.”

Bungling farmer Jeremy has revealed he has lost thousands of pounds trying to be a farmer.

Clarkson’s latest farm venture is growing chillies, which has seen him invest in expensive polytunnels and drainage systems.

“I’m going for medium-hot jalapenos,” he wrote.

“The only problem is that by the time the polytunnels are up, I’ll be about £20,000 down. This means that to turn a profit my chutney will have to be about £500 a jar.”

A second series of Clarkson’s Farm is in the pipeline after it became Amazon’s highest rated show ever.

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