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I was born in Guernsey (but now live in Brittany) and our main industry was growing tomatoes although that industry has now virtually disappeared. Growing tomatoes to a Guernseyman is like wine to a Frenchman, it's in our blood! I do not profess to be an expert, but I have picked up a few tips and techniques which work for me.


Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Planting my OCA

My OCA tubers arrived safelty in the post as promised from Ian. So I immediately found a space to plant them. 
From what I have read, it is the same as planting potato tubers 40cm apart and 5cm deep. Apparently, they prefer slight shade to full sun However, where they were planted is virtually full sun for most of the day, but time will tell.



Well, the small green poles in the picture are to remind me where they are as apparently, they look like clover when they first appear, and I would not want my enthusiastic  'weeder' Mrs TK thinking they were weeds. 
I have also found out they are grown in New Zealand quite a lot and that they call them 'YAMS' which I have at least heard of but never tasted.
So as they say 'watch this space'














5th June 2010

Well all six of my Oca plants are now showing through, and the tomatoes are nicely settled in and growing well.

5 comments:

  1. I put mine in a couple of weeks back in the greenhouse, in 5" pots, like last year. They are only just peeping out from the soil,

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  2. Will mine be fine in the soil then, and do you transplant yours later VH?

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  3. They will be fine and dandy outside. In fact I sometimes find that volunteers come up more quickly than those that are mollycoddled in the greenhouse.

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  4. I read somewhere that oca make good companion plants for tomatoes.

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  5. If you look at Ian's (IAP) site Matron, you will see his great results from last year, which I have copied in a small way.
    I notice you have chocolate cherry toms like us this year. I really hope they dont taste like chocolate, or Mrs TK will be in the greenhouse day and night!

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