Urban farming: how to plant tigernuts at home

In recent years urban farming has become more and more know. Everyone knows someone who has designed its own green space at home: on the terrace or a balcony that before that was barely used. Any space is suitable for creating our own garden; we just need some basic knowledge and will to start this adventure. We will learn the rest over time, while we enjoy the experience.

Benefits of urban farming

Growing at home has many advantages that have made it so popular:

  • For those who live in the city and we have to take a car to drive out to the nature.
  • For the parents that want to educate their children in a healthy environment and make them part of the green movement.
  • For those who like to eat healthy; there’s nothing healthier than some tigernuts freshly picked from your own garden.
  • For the people stressed by the city environment that find a small green and peacefull space.
  • For those who want to recover the taste of vegetables and vegetables without additives.

Planting tigernuts at home

Most present food in urban gardens are tomatoes, lettuce and onions for daily use, and strawberry or radish because they are beautiful plants. But the types of vegetables planted rely heavily on the geographical areas where they are grown.

The latest craze in Valencia and surrondings is to plant tigernuts at home. If you have a garden at home and are curious to see how this tuber germinates, you only have to follow these recommendations:

  • Grab a medium sized planter. Land or compound must be very loose. Tigernuts grow best in very sandy and loose soils. And if you take use soil from a previous crop it’s even better. The more loose the soil is, the easier it’s to crop them.
  • Rehydrate groundnuts and germinate them for around 24 hours before planting them 5 centimeters deep and with a separation of 10-15 centimetres. The month for planting tigernuts is April, but you can also plant them a bit earlier or later.
  • Water them much, they should never lack water and fertilizer.

If you follow these tips, you'll see how they grow and form a green grass-like mantle. The jewel we are all looking for is underneath those green stripes.

  • After the summer the part of the plant which is visible and was very green like grass, dries and that’s the signal that the tigernuts are ready to harvest.
  • If you have planted in sandy soil, it will be very easy to extract the tigernuts. If you have planted in soil which was not very sandy and loose it will cost a bit more to get them out. The advantage of planting in a planter or even a plastic bottle is that the soil can easily be screened to find all tubers.

Feel like planting tigernuts at home?

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