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El Pasoan grows crop of 8lb sweet potatoes

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 5:17pm

Thanksgiving is a special time of year for most Americans, filled with family, football and food. For East El Pasoan Dorothy Wheeler, the food will be just a little bit more special this year after an extra special crop of eight pound sweet potatoes grew out of her garden.

Wheeler, an avid backyard gardener, decided to plant some sweet potatoes this year to go along with her crop of habanero peppers and tomatoes. The sweet potatoes have overtaken her garden and some have grown as big as eight pounds each.

She claims the secret of her gardening success lies in the soil. Wheeler says she uses Miracle Grow soil to help her garden grow, and she is convinced the soil had everything to do with the infant-sized tubers.

Wheeler says that she plans to expand her backyard garden next year to allow for more sweet potato crops and other vegetables. When NewsChannel 9 asked her what she was going to do with her bundle of oversized potatoes, she happily said that she'll have the biggest and best sweet potato pies this year.


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