NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, Canada — This unorthodox proposal was truly a diamond in the rough. 

John Neville, of Pinchgut Lake in Canada, spent months planning a unique proposal for his girlfriend Deejay Squires. 

He knew he wanted to pop the question in an original and imaginative way. Then, after reading an article about a woman who found a lost wedding ring around a carrot growing in her garden, John was inspired to create a similar experience for Deejay.

He decided to plot a vegetable-themed proposal at their homestead in Newfoundland-- but the idea would take some planning. 

First, John dug a small hole in a bucket of soil in their garden, placed the ring inside, and used a pencil to carve a second hole through the ring. Then he added some soil, dropped a few seeds in, filled in the hole, and hoped for the best. 

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Three months later, once the sprouts broke the soil's surface, it was nearly proposal time. 

John gathered Deejay and their son and pulled some carrots from the sides of the bucket, Then, he suggested Deejay pull one from the center. 

His experiment was successful: Deejay pulled out the perfectly formed carrot, encircled with a glittery diamond ring.

Carrot proposal
Deejay Squires

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"I was in complete and utter shock," Deejay said. She didn't even know John had purchased a ring. 

Carrot proposal ring
Deejay Squires

Deejay described her now-fiance as her "best friend." 

"We do just about everything together and are enjoying the journey of parenthood while trying to get in as much outdoor adventures as we can," she said. 

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Lucas Robbins contributed to this story.