How To Grow Patisson And How It Can Be Fermented

It doesn’t take much for patisson to grow and it is quite easy to create the ideal conditions for its growth. All you need is a lot of sunlight and well-draining soil in your garden. And the good thing about patisson is that both the summer and winter varieties call for the same requirements and you thus don’t need to change much when alternating between the two. You can also create the right conditions indoors where you plant patisson in a wooden shed or other suitable space. As long as the location you choose has adequate access to sunlight for at least six hours or more each day and the pH is in the right range, your plants are sure to thrive in no time. Here is how to grow patisson and how it can be fermented:

Site Selection

It is all about ensuring that the conditions in play are favorable for the growth of patisson and it all begins with choosing the right space. If you intend to have the plant indoors, you should get large planters and position them towards a south-facing window where the plants can get enough access to sunlight. If you plan on having the plants outdoors, you need to locate a site which receives at least six hours of daylight each day and one that has few weeds. The ground should be gently sloping such that water can easily flow on days when there is a lot of rainfall as standing water can pose a problem to the healthy development of the plants. Also, the soil should be well-draining such that it does not hold water and it should also be aerated to ensure that the plant grows in optimal conditions.

For you to ensure that the site is ideal, you should watch out for any times that could be problematic in the future. A location that is close to trees or fences reduces the amount of light available to the plants and is thus not suitable. The site should also be away from lawn sprinklers or other water sources that could lead to issues of waterlogging that is a threat to healthy root development.

The pH of the soil is also important given that patisson will do exceptionally well in slightly acidic soil. Luckily, there are many home test kits available in home gardening stores that will help you know whether your soil’s pH is in the correct range, as well as if the soil has enough nutrients to support the growth of the plants. Where there is a need for changes, be sure to follow through with the required amendments and where necessary, you can have an expert weigh in on the matter.

In most cases, you will find that patisson can grow in neutral soils as well as those that are mildly basic. Thus, you do not have to alter the conditions if they lie somewhere in this region. Anything close to 6-6.5 will work. You can also incorporate nitrogen fertilizer, compost, manure or other inputs which will alter the range, provided that you have a sense of where your range lies and have deemed it essential to make the changes.

Planting Time

All patisson varieties should be planted in spring when the soil temperature rises to at least sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Any earlier than this will hinder their growth and could lead to a low success rate owing to damage to seeds as well as lack of ideal conditions to boost the germination of the seeds. You can also start the plants indoors three to four weeks before the planting time and move them outside when the weather is favorable. As long as the last frost has passed, you should not experience any problems with adaptation to the climate.

The best way to test the soil is with a regular thermometer which will let you know if the outdoor conditions are favorable for starting the seeds. Plant the seeds in 6-inch hills and cover them with a layer of soil before watering the earth lightly to moisten it. Always avoid wetting the soil as too much water often proves detrimental to the plants. Continue watering the plants in the weeks that follow as you wait for them to establish. However, only do so when the soil feels dry. If it feels damp to the touch, you can skip a day or two. Where rainfall is adequate, you can do away with irrigation altogether, save for when the plants are indoors where watering will be necessary often. The hills should be 12 inches apart and should have some mulch on top to protect the plants from losing moisture as well as provide nutrients to them as they mature. The rows should be three feet apart to give the vines enough room to expand without competing for nutrients.

Harvesting should take place about 55 days after planting, and you should do this with scissors to avoid damaging the plants. Now that your patisson is ready, here is how you can ferment it for future use.

Fermenting Patisson

The good thing about patisson is that it will keep without fermentation thanks to its thick rind. However, if you want to enjoy some salty and sour tastes over the year, here is how you can go about it:

Select a patisson with an even rind as you will remove most of it. Proceed to cut it into small pieces, or you could shred it with a food processor or other such implement. Thanks to its high sugar content, patisson will take at least seven to fourteen days to ferment. The longer it takes, the more fermented flavor there will be. Ensure that the patisson remains submerged in brine using some weights and you can add any vegetable starter culture, though this is not necessary. However, you could always add a piece of the peeled rind to help in the process.

However you decide to enjoy Patisson, you are sure to delight in the flavors it oozes. All the best!

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