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Growing Oca's On

Problems Growing Oca

Blight:
  • The good news is that Blight does not effect Oca in any way so if you plant a crop of these and your potatoes fail at least you will have a crop of tubers! 
  • In fact not much seems to effect them.

Just keep them watered in dry weather and weed free and once they are established they really look after themselves.

Slugs:
  • Slugs are about the only problem you will have as they do like to have a munch on a tuber!
Small or no tuber growth:
  • Not enough water in the goring season, the more top growth you get the bigger the tuber count will be.
  • Digging them up to early, tubers swell absorbing the top growth that is dying off.  Wait till all top growth is dead then give it at least two weeks.  I just dig one plant up at a time as I want to use them so have a long lasting supply right past Christmas and well into the New Year!
  • Space!  One of the most common reasons why poor tuber development occurs is not enough space is given between plant, allow 90-100cm betwen plants and rows.

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Category: Recipes

Rhubarb & Grenadine Crumble

Rhubarb & Grenadine CrumbleRhubarb & Grenadine Crumble
This has a great twist, the Grenadine adds great colour and taste to the rhubarb that will add that something special to your dessert!

 

Irish Stew with Parsnips

Irish Stew with ParsnipsIrish Stew with Parsnips
The Parsnips are by no means traditional in this recipe and are optional but my wife loves them so what you going to do? 

 

Perfect Roast Potatoes

Perfect Roast PotatoesPerfect Roast Potatoes
My foolproof way of getting that perfect roastie!

Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in May

Jobs to do in May

May is usually one of the busiest months

The soil is warm and the plants growing well. But watch out for a sneaky late frost.

 

Jobs to do in March

Jobs to do in March

Spring is starting and the new season is here

 Hopefully by now we are now standing on the threshold of Spring and the new gardening season. The days are beginning to lengthen and although it may not feel like it at times the temperatures are slowly increasing day by day. More importantly the longer days are the real trigger to new growth and you will find that with the help of a little protection you can really go for those early sowings

 

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.

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