Friday, May 30, 2008

Growing Challenge Update Oca & Yacon

I am so sad to report that my Oca has completely disappeared. Apparently something living in my yard found it to be quite delicious, because it has vanished. After over a month of waiting for Oca sprouts to come up, I dug down to see what was happening. Not one single tuber was still in the ground. I was at first completely disappointed, but then decided that I would just order some more seed starts and give it another try. I called up the folks at Nichols nursery to order some more and also to quiz them on the likely cause of the disappearance. I gave them the lowdown on what had happened. The woman I spoke with was so sweet. She cheerfully announced that they would be sending me a replacement at no charge. I was shocked. How cool is that? I am now excitedly awaiting the replacements so I can give it another try. This time I think I am going to make some chicken wire cages around the plants to thwart any would be gourmet gophers or moles. On a happy note, the Yacon I am growing seems to be taking off. It has been really easy to grow so far and I am hoping for a nice harvest (and that it tastes good, since I’ve never tried it before).

2 comments:

mike said...

Looks like you're making good progress! Can't wait to see what comes up out of those beds...
Glad you got a replacement on the Oca - that seems interesting. I hope that and the Yacon work out for you.
I finally got some more done yesterday - just a few more things to get in the ground...

Angelina said...

That's pretty great that they're replacing it for you. I hope the cages do the trick. That's exactly what I was going to suggest.