Tami Clark

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Good idea! I would still be happy to share the seeds I have. What is the proper way to contact you for email address or for you to contact me Meryt?
6 years ago
Cyperus esculentus var. sativus. (50 tubers) CYPE-14. Packet: $2.50
Tubers: 1/4 lb: $6.00, lb: $12.00
'CHUFA', 'EARTH ALMOND', 'TIGER-NUTS'. Ornamental perennial to 8" - 3 feet


Now you have me wondering. I checked the latin name and it states:
(Cyperus esculentus) This plant is also called Ground Almond or Earth Chestnut. The nutty, sweet tasting, small tubers are quite delicious and produced underground on perennial, grass-like plants. An important food crop in Asia Minor and Egypt since ancient times. This delicacy has been grown for thousands of years; only now is it starting to get popular in America.

So, would the opinion be this is different from Nut Sedge, and not invasive??
6 years ago
I have raised a turkey before, and don't think they would be able to get below the ground to the "nut" to eridicate it. I bought some "chuffa" seeds in Petaluma (Rare Seed) and when I realized what they were, I didn't plant them. I have plenty growing already where I don't want them lol! However, if you are interested, I would be happy to send the whole packet to you!
6 years ago
I too live in arid California, Northern California to be exact. I have had the same problems with Bermuda and sheet mulching. I have found the best way is to leave the bermuda bare, and dig it out. After about a year, and working on it every other month or so, I have been able to get rid of it in my garden areas. It does take diligence tho.

I have also had a slug and snail problem with the sheet mulch and straw, but have found the water savings and the weed control more than worth the effort. If you mulch with rice straw, which is much finer than regular straw, you can easily pick the snails and slugs out on early morning wanderings - they really stand out. Hand picking seems the way to go.

Just a few thoughts
6 years ago
If I am not mistaken, these are also called Nutgrass in California and are incredibly hard to get rid of! I would avoid these at all costs! In California it is incredibly invasive and very had to get rid of. If you are going to plant it, plant it in a pot and never let it go to seed. It likes a lot of water spreads by seed and also the "nut" which is difficult to pull up and get rid of.
6 years ago
Hurray for you! It is so satifying to grow something out of not much!
6 years ago
Thanks for the info. I was wondering about that and if I should share with my friends!
6 years ago
New to permaculture and some gardening. My garlic, from Peaceful Valley, just flowered and there are all kinds of tiny bulbets in the flower. Can I grow these or eat these or both? I am in California, zone 9.
6 years ago