Saturday, May 17, 2014

Transplanting Oca, Mashua, Ulluco and Potatoes

I am lucky - I have more garden space!
Now I can transplant some of plants.
The spot looks ugly right now, I know. Construction is progress. :)

But anyway I can get 8 small-regular size raised beds!





 


2 week ago I started some of the Andean tubers like  Oca.

2 types of Oca Hopin and Sunset, Ulluco and Mashua. 
This one is mashua, my first. Looks like nasturtium for me. It is a really a member of nasturtium family. Vines climb up to 10 feet


 The plant are doing good but I believe they need more soil.
 This is ulluco -Ullucus tuberosus - Pica de Pulga type. Beautiful yellow tubers with purple-red blotching. Diameter to 3 inches or  more.

 Oca Sunset - tubers are yellow to orange with purple eyes. Green stems and foliage.

 Oca Hopin - is more purple, the stems and leaves.










 This is a final variant of oca sunset, mashua in front and eggplant on the back.


 Ulluco after the first watering!
 Oca
 Mashua
 Oca


Never believe you can grow potatoes in containers!

Or you have the get really LARGE containers, I mean it!






 At first I tried to grow some of  them in pots, 10 inches diameter. I planted my store- bought, accidentally sprouted potatoes in pots.



2 weeks after  - and the roots are covered all the pot space!

I am lucky I got more garden beds to plant them in.

It will be my first time growing potatoes, but I have seen the process the whole my childhood in my grandparents village gardens. The lots there were HUGE and the harvest! 50 sacks easily.
I hope to get one bushel, will see!










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