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  • The great thing about Hablitzia is that it is in full growth long before the leaves spring out and can climb to 3-4m before mid-summer. In this way I think it should grow well together with trees without being outcompeted. Nevertheless it does very much depend on your climate and local conditions as to how well this would work. In my garden I don’t have more than 20 cm deep soil...
    Stephen Barstow Dec 2, 2009
  • Well, it’s close relative but slightly smaller Gunnera tinctoria does make an excellent salad! I was once demonstrated its edibility by a guide in a national park on Chiloe Island, Chile! The leaf stalks are simply peeled and eaten…. I’ve never heard of G. manicata being eaten though (it is found further north in South America) – no idea why and have never tried it. By the...
    Stephen Barstow Oct 30, 2009
  • Hello Geir, Look to the North! I have a couple of tubers to spare of Sarpo Axona, Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Tominia if your son is interested! Is he still living in Trondheim? Best wishes Stephen [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Stephen Barstow Dec 19, 2008
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  • I'm trying to overwinter two perennial (but not hardy here) Physalis: Physalis heterophylla (no seed I'm afraid - it came from an Internet trader in the US - try searching Garden Web or other trading sites) Physalis peruviana "Poha". They were cultivated in large pots and I've now moved them inside to a cool room. I've heard of people managing to keep Physalis alive for years in...
    Stephen Barstow Nov 20, 2008
  • I posted the following on another forum recently. The list below covers (mostly) salad plants, I use a number of other plants cooked. Hope it is of some interest�. ---------------------------- Having been inspired some years ago by just how good perennial vegetables can be through a Norwegian Society called the Useful Plants Society (Nyttevekstforeningen), in particular some of...
    stephen barstow Feb 28, 2008
  • Thanks for your suggestions, Dan. This put me on the right track as you can read here (I posted the same question on the new Seed Savers Exchange Forum in the US) HYPERLINK "http://seedsavers.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~47.asp"http://seedsavers.forum co.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~47.asp It turns out that it wasn�t a potato at all, but Ullucu (Ullucus tuberosus), a veggie I�ve been...
    stephen barstow Dec 24, 2007
  • Can anyone help with this mystery plant. A couple of years ago, a gardening friend presented me with some small green potato-like tubers. He told me he had bought the tubers on a market in Bolivia and that they were considered a delicacy. Here is a picture of the leaves http://forum.hageselskapet.no/files/~thumbs/thumb_12222007044300_hpim5053.jp g I haven't seen any flowers, but...
    stephen barstow Dec 22, 2007
  • The Agroforestry Seed Trust list Reichardia in their latest seed list (August 2007 � July 2008) which I received a week or so ago. However, it�s not on the Web site seed list yet: HYPERLINK "http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/"www.agroforestry.co.uk Stephen No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.5.484 / Virus Database: 269.13.1/982 - Release...
    stephen barstow Sep 1, 2007
  • I finally got round to trying one of my Dahlia tubers – from the cultivar “Bishop of Llandaff”! This was 1 hour ago and I’m still alive. The taste was not unpleasant – a bit bland, but completely free of any hint of bitterness. Not as strong a taste as cooked Jerusalem Artichokes. If I ever had access to a lot of tubers I wouldn’t hesitate trying them again. I never peel...
    stephen barstow Apr 25, 2007
  • I�ve eaten Impatiens glandulifera seeds a few times � a pleasant nutty taste. I think I read about this in Cornucopia II and that the seed is even harvested and used as a source of an edible oil. But, collecting the seed is a bit of a challenge��. Stephen Malvik, Norway -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.5.446 / Virus...
    stephen barstow Apr 9, 2007