Donna and Ray Wingett were surprised to find giant sweet potatoes in their vegie garden after their first attempt at growing them.
Donna and Ray Wingett were surprised to find giant sweet potatoes in their vegie garden after their first attempt at growing them.

Retirees find 4.5kg sweet potato

WHILE picking fresh vegetables from her garden, Donna Wingett was surprised to find a 4.5kg sweet potato sprouting from the soil.

“We have never grown them before ... maybe we left them in the ground too long, but yeah, we got quite a shock,” Mrs Wingett said.

Mrs Wingett and her husband Ray took up growing fresh vegetables two years ago when they retired.

They tried their first batch of sweet potatoes after their neighbour gave them cuttings.

“He showed us some of his, and I thought I would have a look at ours, and the first one I dug out was 4.5kg, then 3.9kg and 3.25kg,” Mrs Wingett said.

The Wingetts said they would now give Lawrence Springborg a run for his money after seeing his gigantic pumpkin on the front page of the Daily News last month.

“I have never seen sweet potatoes that big before. I remember my dad growing them as a child, but they were just a normal-sized sweet potato,” Mrs Wingett said.

There was no secret to their success with the large produce, she admitted, they just planted them in their normal garden mix of soil and manure and gave them regular watering.

In fact the giant sweet potatoes were the only vegetables to survive their garden this summer, after the heat prevented a good crop of fresh vegetables. This year’s batch is enough to keep their sweet potato craving satisfied for weeks, but Mrs Wingett was eager to share the fresh vegies around neighbours and family.

The Wingetts already plan to take cuttings from this year’s successful batch to prepare for their next gigantic batch next year.

“We are just amazed they would ever grow so big,” she said.

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