Story: Kūmara

Plaggen soils

Plaggen soils

This modified soil is known as a plaggen soil. Māori gardeners sometimes added gravel and sand to create a light soil and improve drainage for growing kūmara. Borrow pits, where sand or gravel has been taken, are often found nearby.

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Peter Adds, 'Kūmara - Growing kūmara', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17360/plaggen-soils (accessed 15 November 2018)

Story by Peter Adds, published 24 Nov 2008