The Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens will consider applications for funding for research and special projects that meet the objects of the Society

The proposal should enhance the scientific endeavours of the Gardens and the exploration of the plant collections. The results should benefit the Gardens, the gardening public of Auckland and horticulture in New Zealand.

Edible crops research: Production and Comparison of Winter Vegetable Varieties

This year two MIT students Aaron and Ruth will work in the Trial beds at Auckland Botanic Gardens to help us promote the best vegetable cultivars for Auckland gardeners.

They have chosen four different winter vegetables:

• Carrots

• Leeks

• Spinach

• Pak Choi

The five varieties have been chosen based on what is readily available to the public through on-line catalogues and includes most common popular varieties, heirloom varieties and those with special features such as colour, cooking use etc.

To complete their studies the students must work here for 12 weeks and write up a report which will be publically available.

Vegetable varieties will be evaluated on:

• taste

• crop volume

• duration of cropping

• pest/disease incidence/resistance

• ease of propagation and uses.

 

 

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