It was no surprise that the crowd was heading in the direction of Pete’s Patch when I arrived at Envirofest at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
Peter Cundall was back in his element with a wheel barrow full of unusual pumpkins and squashes that he had grown from seed sourced from The Lost Seed at Sheffield in Tasmania. The vegetables were varieties that I had never seen before but Peter reassured the crowd that they are “marvellous”, not just to look at but to eat as well.
With genetic diversity being lost as everything in the vegetable world is hybridised, there are fewer and fewer varieties available each year and so it is terrific that there is one place at least from which you can source non genetically modified, non hybridised seed for vegetables that have long gone from supermarkets , if they were ever there. I was particularly taken with a variety called “Turk’s Turban”, it looks great, is supposed to be good roasted or for soup but at the very least would make a lovely autumn display.