Posted by shiny on April 28, 2020 at 02:20 and edited at October 28, 2020 at 20:53Permalink
We've just harvested the kūmara. It needs a warm summer, and this was the first summer we've grown it in a raised garden bed instead of a bag.
At first, I thought it was a failure. I poked around the roots and found nothing. We pull out the greenery, and there was only a half dozen small skinny tuber.
Then we noticed the purple. Deep, deep, deeeeeep below the grass line there was more kumara, and the tubers were all huge. The soil is hard-packed there, and it was a mission to get any out. The tubers snap easily, and they're decent width but also very long. I dug some up with a spade, but this resulted in many sliced by the space blade. We pulled out a whole bucket worth and stopped from exhaustion.
I think there's another bucketload in there, but I'll have to wait until tonight or tomorrow for the next burst of energy.