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Marilyn Loy Turner - Texas Pen Pal grows huge sweet potatoes

Deliciously sweet - really sweet - sweet potatoes came up in flower bed, some weighing as much as six pounds. Columbia, KY author shares a sweet story of gardening incorporating an even sweeter story worthy-of- Valentine's day of romance - a happy culmination of MLT's role as matchmaker.
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By Marilyn Loy Turner

With gardening planning time now here, I want to share photographs of the sweet potatoes grown by my Texas pen pal, Bobbie C. Langland, who is interested in all things Kentucky.

We've been corresponding for many years through Good Old Days magazine.

In fact, I played matchmaker when another pen pal, a nice gentleman from Alabama who served heroically in World War II, was introduced through letters to Bobbie. The two met and and married a short time later.

But this story is about those gigantic sweet potatoes in the accompanying photos.

It seems Bobbie Langland had an unexpected crop of sweet potatoes this winter grown in her flower bed.

Some of the potatoes weighed over six pounds!

The big surprise: Bobbie is not a gardener.

It took her son a long time to dig them up, but it was worth it. According to Bobbie, "They were incredibly sweet to the taste."

The only explanation I can give is, "Everything is bigger in Texas." - Marilyn Loy Turner
A lot of Marilyn Loy Turner's work has appeared in in her column, "Full Nest Syndrome." Just as today's story of sweet potatoes is timely for the local gardening season, at least one of her articles, Full Nest Syndrome: Mom I want to be a professional wrestler remains a timely read, given the intense interest in wrestling as a phenomenal sports interest at local colleges and universities and in area public schools. It appeared in volume 14 of Columbia! Magazine, the print predecessor of

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Marilyn Loy Turner shares Texas Pen Pal's sweet potato crop

2018-02-05 - Texas - Photo submitted by Marilyn Loy Turner; photo from Bobbie C. Langland.
Marilyn Loy Turner's pen pal, Bobbie C. Langland, holds a few of the giant sweet potatoes which appeared in her flower garden this winter. Some weighed over six pounds.Paired Photo

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Doesn't take many Texas Sweet Potatoes to fill red wagon

2018-02-05 - Texas - Photo submitted by Marilyn Loy Turner; photo from Bobbie C. Langland.
Texan Bobbie C. Langland's son loaded some of the huge sweet potatoes in what ought to be the official garden harvest vehicle, a little red wagon. Paired Photo

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