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Arlington Couple Grows Giant Sweet Potato

by ARLnow.com September 7, 2012 at 10:10 am 11,293 31 Comments

David and Susan Wase of Alcova Heights tried their hand at growing sweet potatoes this year, and they succeeded well beyond their expectations.

The couple managed to grow what they said was a seven pound sweet potato. Asked his secret for growing the giant root vegetable, David explained that sunlight, not shade, was key to his urban agriculture endeavors. That and some good ol’ fashioned mulch.

“A client of mine and fellow gardener had given me a few sweet potato shoots to plant in spring… never grew them before,” he said via email. “They were grown in a raised bed, nothing special other than some Arlington municipal mulch.”

“Every spring, Arlington County makes a big ‘to-do’ about planting more trees as part of their formally adopted ‘Tree Canopy Policy,'” he added. “Tree canopy and the ability to grow vegetables are pretty much mutually-exclusive. I’m fortunate because my yard is not heavily shaded, thus I was able to grow the sweet potato among other veggies, but I know so many other folks can’t have a garden because of extensive shade.”

The Wases still have a long way to go if they ever want to set a world record. A recent edition of the Guinness Book of World Records lists the largest sweet potato on record as 81 pounds.

  • jackson

    Now it has to walk to school.

    • SHLady

      coffee just came out my nose.

  • Village Idiot

    Looks like a turkey with no appendages.

    • Tabs

      I thought it was a piglet.

  • Arlington Cat

    Looking at the picture before reading the headline, I thought I was looking at a tumor.

    • Not Me

      Ha! I thought it was a turkey or a ham!

  • malaka

    my yard is shaded….not with trees but the big f’ing mc mansion that Mickey Simpson built on a micro lot behind me

  • Caption Contest

    And here I thought that I was too old to have a child !!!

  • N Herndon Guy

    Slow news day?

  • YTK

    Huuh! A Giant TUMOR???? Oh, whew!! — it’s a giant TUBER!!
    Too bad it developed after the County Fair– you could have entered it, gotten a ribbon, and have all of Arlington admire it, not justy us elite ArlNow followers. I bet it’s going to have a “Happy” Thanksgiving, heh heh heh.

    • nom de guerre

      Sweet potatoes are actually storage roots, while true potatoes are technically referred to as tubers.

      • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

        I’ve got I GIANT tuber for ya.

    • For the record, county fair officials were unable to provide us any information on the weight of sweet potatoes exhibited at the fair.

    • Cyrus

      It’s not a Toomah

  • x

    Ha, cool!

    Thanks for posting this one–it’s a nice departure from the norm.

  • JamesE

    I like them french fried sweet potaters. mmmhmmmmm

  • Tabs

    Stupid idea to have her stand in front of a painting. Looks like her head is framed.

    • Swag

      It’s not a frame, it’s a halo.

  • Tabs

    In other news, Sweet Potato Pizza, Beer, Froyo, and Cupcake will be opening soon in Penrose Sq.

  • ArLater

    HGH testing anyone?

  • arlcyclist

    That free county mulch must be the good stuff. I’ve always thought it weird how there are permanent road signs at Walter Reed and Arlington Mill directing Arlington residents to the free mulch we’re entitled to. Just another perk of living on the south side I guess.

    • nom de guerre

      FYI-free leaf mulch is available for pick up in North Arlington 24/7 @ Yorktown Blvd and N. 26th Street.

  • Ted

    Check with Animal Control, I understand there’s an epidemic of WNV among crows and ravens in Arlington.

  • Becoming indifferent

    Is this ARL Now or Mayberry Now? I prefer the latter!

  • SHLady

    This is my favorite story in a long time. More like this!

  • nom de guerre

    This story is a natural follow up to the previous article about the Arlington woman with the world’s largest natural breasteses.


  • Id

    I love breasts and sweet potatoes.

  • dang!

    bwah ha hahahahahahahaahahah
    thanks for the Friday chuckles!

  • DynaFlash 8


    Thank you, Yam!

  • John F

    Damn, what a yam!

  • Arlingtonian

    This is the kind of news I love. Thank you.


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