We have had some exciting plantings in our shared areas at Varsity Lakes Community Garden.
The gardener who established these areas was innovative and creative in his choice of plants and we are just beginning to discover what special gifts he has bequeathed.
Below is a Taro Plant he planted. Someone had removed one of the roots incorrectly and rot was setting in to the plant, but two garden members from New Guinea were able to save the day.
The solution was to havest the corms correctly.
This involved lifting the plant from the ground, removing the corms and replanting the plant with some leaves removed to give it a good start.
Pups and small Taro seedlings were separated at this time and planted separately.
The corms may be boiled, baked, fried, barbecued or as in this case taken home by to be made into a curry with coconut milk to be shared with other members.
After the Taro was brought back to life my New Guinea friends introduced me to the Cassava plant below also flourishing in our shared garden areas.
This plant is a vital staple for 500 million people world wide. The starchy roots produce more food energy per unit of land than any other staple crop. Its leaves are also commonly eaten as a vegetable in parts of Asia and Africa, and provide vitamins and protein. Nutritionally, the cassava is comparable to potatoes, except that it has twice the fiber content and a higher level of potassium.
Our New Guinea Members can also show us how this plant is harvested correctly.