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OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 14 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I put them in a jar/cup with enough water to cover them (plus and inch) and put them somewhere warm (next to our boiler). 36 hours is plenty of time - then just plant them as normal.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 14 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

OtleyLad wrote:
I put them in a jar/cup with enough water to cover them (plus and inch) and put them somewhere warm (next to our boiler). 36 hours is plenty of time - then just plant them as normal.


Thanks

Mithril



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 14 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mine aren't doing much :/

How about about you guys? Should they take off, what sized pot do think I'd red per plant?

chickenlady



Joined: 18 Aug 2013
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Location: Dorset
PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mine are still growing well...I'm going to plant them up into large pots this weekend and put them in the cold frame. They're still in the conservatory at the moment. They're about twice the size as when I put the pic up. I'm keeping them quite moist.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hmm. Maybe I need to bring them inside. I put them straight outside in a south facing position, but not in a cold frame or anything.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 14 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Four of them have actually come on. :phew:

They are about ready to move out of their modules now. What sized pots did you go for in the end? How big are they now?

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 14 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've got them in the ground in the poly, they're nearly 2ft high and several new shoots around each one.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 14 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

OtleyLad wrote:
I've got them in the ground in the poly, they're nearly 2ft high and several new shoots around each one.


Wow. OK, large pots then. Thanks

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 14 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Here they are (the Garlic on the left is over 2 ft high as well):


chickenlady



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 14 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I harvested my tiger nuts today....well, I tipped them out of the pot and searched amongst the roots. Couldn't find any nodules..only very small tuberous growths (a bit like teeny tiny dahlias).

I ate some of the swollen root bits and they taste very nice. Sort of almond/coconut-ish.

I don't think I'll bother with them next year

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 14 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I pulled up one on sunday - from a single plant I got half doxen smaller, hairy little 'nuts'. Disappointing really. They took up valuable space in the poly (in really rich soil) for too long. Not sure if I'll do them again either.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 14 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you have any spare tubers I'd be interested in having a go?
Can trade for... well I have a lot of strange things, at the minute a glut of mashua, but a fairly mild-tasting variety.

Mashua being the nasturtium with edible tubers. This is one plant at harvest:







OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 14 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
If you have any spare tubers I'd be interested in having a go?
Can trade for... well I have a lot of strange things, at the minute a glut of mashua, but a fairly mild-tasting variety.

Mashua being the nasturtium with edible tubers. This is one plant at harvest:








Happy to trade
What you got? Does the Mashua grow outside where you are? What does it taste like? How long in the ground. etc?
I haven't harvested most of the crop yet - the tops have died back but they are still in the ground.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 14 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The mashua likes "coastal" so the long damp days up here have suited it. The tubers are damaged by frost but the piles of foliage protect it somewhat. It was still growing and flowering when I harvested a week or so ago! It was trying to take over the raspberry area. It starts forming tuber as day length gets shorter, so early frosts wouldn't be good.

Taste is....divisive.
Some varieties are described as horseradish pickled in perfume! This one when raw is odd and then "oh god it's burning". Cooked it is very mild, softer than potato, with a hint of horseradish-y sinus clearing.

What else do I have..


Click to download file

I've not updated this autumn so some will have run out etc, but let me know if anything catches your eye!

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 15 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If anyone wanted to continue playing with these I've just seen this
https://www.gjwtitmuss.co.uk/p/11762/fishing-tiger-nuts/gjw-titmuss-ltd/large-tiger-nuts-25kg

I was supposed to be pricing up dogfood

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