Sustainable Ewe favourites:
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|Direct Sow or Transplant|
|good source of vitamin a, b6, c, e and other good stuff
Modern NZ kumara is not developed from the strain that came with the Moari but rather from and American variety brought by whalers
long hot growing season important.
also soil preparation
6 months of growing time in light fertile soil with a firm base
sand to help hold warmth
do not grow in the sdame spot for three years
available in red (creamy firm), gold (smooth and mellow) and orange (sweetest firmest)
grow shoots in September/october from previous years crop
7-15 shoots from each parent tuber
bury the tuber in moist soil a few centimeters down. when they have a few rootlets carefully detactch them and plant.
when planting tipu ( young shoot) roots face eastwards on a hillock. earth up to the base leaf on the plant
water 2 or 3 times first week. Excess watering will encourage excess frowth of greenery
earth up hillocks (puke)
when greenery gets out of control clip back by about 1 third.
rock walls and brush fences will encourage heat.
tubers really take off in the last two months of growing
harvest before frosts. Leave them in sun for a few days to harden skins. treat gently as they bruise easily. stor in a cook dark place.
|Storing harvested [name]:Seed Saving:|
|Nematodes – galls on roots – poor growth. Practice crop rotation (three years)|