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Oca's Chitting & Growing in a pot

How to Grow Oca

Oca need to be started off in pots first to get a good crop due to our shorter growing season. I like to use 15cm (6in) pots or larger.  Do this about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date as they are frost tender and will suffer badly if frosted.  I like to chit mine a little to get them started off, a little like a potato, although they are not related to the potato even though they can be used like a potato.

They do best on a sunny windowsill or conservatory to begin with, on sunny days when the spring air is warm outside I like to put mine out to help harden them off, if this air gets cooler in the afternoon bring them in and don't leave them outside during the night, as cold temperatures will stunt their growth and frosts will kill them off.

I like to use a good quality multi-purpose compost as the growing medium, water regularly but don't over water, they will let you know how they are feeling by their leaves, they start to sag badly when too dry.  Try not to let them get too leggy before planting them out.

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Tasty and so easy to make, great dinner party dish or a cracking family treat, and a healthy dish too especially if like me you have an Asparagus Bed or two!.

 

Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail

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Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in October

Jobs to do in October

October is the month when it feels like the season is about to turn, the days start to shorten and the sun appears lower in the sky, the leaves change colour and fall to the ground and temperatures drop.  The first frost are likely too, which will be the end of many of your crops out in the open so if you still haven’t harvested frost sensitive crops now is the time before Jack Frost gets them!

 

Jobs to do in July

Jobs to do in July

Harvest should be bountiful and the allotment is in full swing

Now is the height of summer, the days endlessly long, temperatures usually at their peek and you should be reaping the rewards of your hard work in the preceding months. Watering in this month is crucial to stem off premature bolting, tomato blossom end rot and splitting skins.

 

Jobs to do in April

Jobs to do in April

Spring should be here but watch out for frosts!

Sow seed outdoors
Vegetable growing really takes off this month. Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half. It's also time to sow seed outdoors in well-prepared soil.

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