GREEN THUMB: Kawungan local Ivan Weatherhead grew this sweet potato estimated to weigh about 20kg.
GREEN THUMB: Kawungan local Ivan Weatherhead grew this sweet potato estimated to weigh about 20kg. Jodie Callcott

Size really does matter

WE HAVE all heard of giant pumpkins, but something not as common is a giant sweet potato.

One Kawungan man has produced a whopping 20kg sweet potato from his front garden, by accident.

Avid green thumb Ivan Weatherhead said just before Christmas last year, his wife Dot threw sweet potato peelings into the garden for mulch, but then didn't think anything of it.

"They (sweet potatoes) came up from the peels and so we just left them and we went away for five weeks' holiday and come back and they had taken over the whole garden and bushes," he said.

"I said to the missus... we'll probably find something here as big as a football.

"Well we got in there (the garden) and these things (sweet potatoes) are so big you're flat out picking some of them up.

"I've got a brickie's wheelbarrow full of them."

 

The giant sweet potatoes grew from discarded peels thrown into the garden.
The giant sweet potatoes grew from discarded peels thrown into the garden. Jodie Callcott

Mr Weatherhead credited quality soil, cow manure and recent rain for producing the massive vegetables.

"I carted soil and manure from Chinchilla, because I work right out near Dalby, to put in the garden and I had that and with all the rain we've had in the past few months it's just gone bloody silly," he said.

"I've never grown them before, it was just a fluke.

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"I don't know what I'm going to do with the big ones because they're probably too big.

"They'd be all right to make soup or something like that.

"If someone can use them, by all means they can have them."