Gi­ant veg­etable a sweet sur­prise

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A JANDAKOT res­i­dent has “ex­ca­vated” a 7kg sweet potato from her gar­den.

Faye Ar­caro, host of Curtin FM 100.1’s Let’s Talk Gar­den­ing and a former hor­ti­cul­ture lec­turer at Mur­doch Tafe, said she was clean­ing up one of her gar­dens when she un­cov­ered the gi­ant veg­etable on Wed­nes­day.

“The re­cent frost had killed the vines and it looked un­tidy so I de­cided to dig the crops up,” she said.

“I was like an archaeolog­ist get­ting it from the ground be­cause I didn’t want to put the spade through it.

“I was very care­ful ex­ca­vat­ing it, start­ing out wide and then slowly mov­ing in.”

Ms Ar­caro said the veg­etable, which was con­sid­er­ably larger than any of the other pota­toes she had pulled from the ground, was likely to be cut into a lot of chips.

“I asked peo­ple on Face­book and they said it might have been left in the ground too long,” she said. “We’ll find out when we eat it.”

Ms Ar­caro said the potato was grown in plain, old “Jandakot sand” with the as­sis­tance of kaolin clay, Soil Solver and a blood and bone fer­tiliser.

The gi­ant potato was still 30kg shy of the world record, which was a 37kg beast grown in Spain in 2004.

Ms Ar­caro can be heard on ra­dio each Satur­day be­tween 8 and 10am.

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