Les Baguley’s calloused hands scratch at the soil his family has tilled south-east of Melbourne for 120 years over four generations.
From the tangle of purplish-green leaves and matted roots he plucks another giant tuber, shaped like a huge purple molar.
“It’s incredible. I think we’ve dug 300 kilos off a 40-metre bed,” enthuses the veteran market gardener.
Kneeling in the dirt alongside him, Dr Chris Williams, a horticulturalist from the Burnley Campus of Melbourne University, shares his excitement.
Dr Williams runs a program called Novel Crops, a quest to see what unusual vegetables and food plants can be grown successfully by backyard gardeners in temperate Melbourne.
This trial at Mr Baguley’s commercial market garden in Clayton So…
I rooted out Molokai purple sweet potatoes. One directly in a rain barrel, and the other in my house in case of frost. Cayennes are still blooming and that purple ornamental kale (yes you can eat it) is from last year. Since its up by the house it survived last years winter and its in partial shade to combat heat. It went to seed, which I collected and once the seed goes through winter, it will be usable by next Spring. Some seed has to go through a period of cold to make it more viable. The root systems are what keep a plant alive. The kale is right out my front door so I take half full glas…
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I planted one sweet potato in a container one-hundred and twelve days ago. From research they should have been withering up and turning very yellow on the leaves (vines) after one hundred days. So, I eagerly awaited the one hundred days to pass through the spring and summ….