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Re: [pfaf] Re: Dioscorea batatas

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  • Michael Porter
    I think they are very good to eat --sounds like you may find a good growing place, good luck, --MichaelP wildwillowkins wrote:
    Message 1 of 14 , May 15 6:14 PM
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      I think they are very good to eat --sounds like you may find a good growing place, good luck, --MichaelP

      wildwillowkins <wildwillowkins@...> wrote: If I may just add to this Dioscoria thread.

      I have had some tubers for several years now, growing on my south
      facing window sill here in Yorkshire. They have grown slowly and
      multiplied by producing pea sized babies.

      As over the years the tubers have grown bigger I have tried them
      outdoors and last year I had several do quite well, one developing
      to a size that would be worth harvesting. However I have put it in
      the cold frame which I am hoping will give a good result as it it
      brick lined and seems to get fairly warm. I used to have a perspex
      lid but it was too clumsy so now it is just a deep open brick lined
      bed. My garden is SSW facing on a slope with terraces built up
      mostly with dry limestone retaining walls.

      I have also put several in large terracotta coloured pots on the
      concrete platform above the cold frame and some more in a black pot
      in front of a south facing brick wall which really gets quite warm
      in the sun.

      We have had an unusually warm spring so far here in England and I
      have been astonished to find that I already have shoots showing in
      one of the terracotta coloured pots and the black one by the warm
      wall. I haven't kept any indoors this year as they seem to have
      done well outdoors and I want to see how far I can go with them.

      It has been slow progress with them for several years but I have
      always wondered if they would do better if the warmer trend in
      summers continued and it seems they have. I am trying to negotiate
      a patch in a nearby polytunnel where I would like to be able to set
      up a permanent patch where the mature tubers could be lifted while
      at the same time the babies were allowed to drop naturally to the
      ground and be tilled in. The tubers seem to like to migrate deeper
      as they get bigger and lifting them allows the smaller ones to fall
      into the broken earth.

      Up to now I have only really treated it as an exotic but if this
      warm trend continues I think it could really be of use.

      All the best,

      Claire






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    • michael lasky
      please does anyone out there know anything about the propagation if centilla asiatica. i m getting ready too return o my house in tropical Bolivia and i want
      Message 2 of 14 , May 15 6:24 PM
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        please does anyone out there know anything about the propagation if
        centilla asiatica. i'm getting ready too return o my house in tropical
        Bolivia and i want to grow it there it is also known as gotu kola.

        thanks,

        megamalito.


        >From: Michael Porter <michaels4gardens@...>
        >Reply-To: pfaf@yahoogroups.com
        >To: pfaf@yahoogroups.com
        >Subject: Re: [pfaf] Re: Dioscorea batatas
        >Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 18:14:46 -0700 (PDT)
        >
        >I think they are very good to eat --sounds like you may find a good growing
        >place, good luck, --MichaelP
        >
        >wildwillowkins <wildwillowkins@...> wrote: If I may
        >just add to this Dioscoria thread.
        >
        >I have had some tubers for several years now, growing on my south
        >facing window sill here in Yorkshire. They have grown slowly and
        >multiplied by producing pea sized babies.
        >
        >As over the years the tubers have grown bigger I have tried them
        >outdoors and last year I had several do quite well, one developing
        >to a size that would be worth harvesting. However I have put it in
        >the cold frame which I am hoping will give a good result as it it
        >brick lined and seems to get fairly warm. I used to have a perspex
        >lid but it was too clumsy so now it is just a deep open brick lined
        >bed. My garden is SSW facing on a slope with terraces built up
        >mostly with dry limestone retaining walls.
        >
        >I have also put several in large terracotta coloured pots on the
        >concrete platform above the cold frame and some more in a black pot
        >in front of a south facing brick wall which really gets quite warm
        >in the sun.
        >
        >We have had an unusually warm spring so far here in England and I
        >have been astonished to find that I already have shoots showing in
        >one of the terracotta coloured pots and the black one by the warm
        >wall. I haven't kept any indoors this year as they seem to have
        >done well outdoors and I want to see how far I can go with them.
        >
        >It has been slow progress with them for several years but I have
        >always wondered if they would do better if the warmer trend in
        >summers continued and it seems they have. I am trying to negotiate
        >a patch in a nearby polytunnel where I would like to be able to set
        >up a permanent patch where the mature tubers could be lifted while
        >at the same time the babies were allowed to drop naturally to the
        >ground and be tilled in. The tubers seem to like to migrate deeper
        >as they get bigger and lifting them allows the smaller ones to fall
        >into the broken earth.
        >
        >Up to now I have only really treated it as an exotic but if this
        >warm trend continues I think it could really be of use.
        >
        >All the best,
        >
        >Claire
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
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        >
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