These vibrant root vegetables are not only a delicious addition to a variety of dishes but also offer numerous nutritional advantages. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, known for promoting good vision and overall eye health. Cultivating carrots at home allows you to enjoy them at their peak freshness, retaining maximum flavour and nutritional content.
Additionally, carrots are relatively easy to grow, making them an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Their versatility in terms of size and variety means you can tailor your carrot crop to suit your culinary preferences.
Ipomoea batatas - Kamote
Update 31/8/2023. First seedling up from South Island grown seed seen in the attached photo.
Known in South America where is originates as Camote, it is also known here in NZ as as Kumara or Sweet Potato in North America. This widely grown tuber crop is normally grown each year from cuttings. Camote grown from seed rather than a clone is globally rare. The government funded DSIR back in the 70's or 80's carried out a short trial but for some reason was stopped, this may have been the only Ipomoea batatas seed had grown till 2017 when Richard-Paul was gifted some seed from a passionate home gardener/breeder in the US, he then set about starting a long term breeding program with the idea crossing it with a local Kumara.
Six new cultivars were germinated from the first shipment of seed some were able to produce flowers but no seed, this following three seasons were the same till that generation of cultivars died out because they had been cloned six times.
2020 a second attempt was make where fresh seed was sent again from the US breeder and a small number of new cultivars started, but this time cutting were shared with a gardener in the North Island who managed a successful crossing and a small amount of seed was produced. This seed was gifted back and a second crop of 28 seeds was grown 2022-23 form 7 new cultivars. Plans are 2023-24 the 28 seeds will be germinated where its hopes are for at least 5 new cultivars and again more seed, maybe even enough to be made available via our website.... stay tuned by hitting the 'watch' tab
Best eaten when small, while still sweet. Larger roots can be used as animal feed. Sow in late summer for winter harvest. They can bolt to seed if sown too early.
Kraslcrown is the result of a cross pollination carried out by Richard in 2010 between Hollow crown and Kral, hence the name Kralcrown.
The key to growing parsnips is using fresh seed. Many gardeners say they have no luck growing parsnips which is normally because of using old seed. Parsnip seed only remains viable for two years at room temperature. Sentinels parsnip seed is regrown every year meaning it should give great germination results.
Radish - Chinese Red Meat - 125SS
Propagation: Sow seeds in the ground where you intend to grow, cover with a fine layer of soil.
Radish - Pink Beauty - 96RW
Richards selection work with this cultivar involves sowing earlier than normal for this summer radish, this way it helps expose the plants that want to go into reproduction in its first growing year, remembering they are considered a biennial https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biennial_plant , this means any plants that bolt early sees a one way trip to the cold compost heap, what plants do make it through a Amuri Plains winter without going to seed are saved for seed production the following summer
Salsify is grown similarly to that as other root vegetables such as parsnip and carrots, sow spring time and harvest roots during winter.