It was such a lovely spring day, and the birds were singing, the lambs were growing visibly with each feed, the sky was blue and all was right in the garden.
So still without my list I wandered about aimlessly wondering what to do. And then I remember my yams – Oca or oxalis tuberosa to be precise. I had set them aside to chit like I do with spuds a couple of months ago and they had sprouted some fine looking sprouts. But they couldn’t stay in my craft room forever. But I had nowhere to put them. You’d think with 29 beds I’d find somewhere, but alas no. All space is accounted for.
Besides, from my previous attempts at growing these puppies, they tend to linger. If you don’t get out all the tubers then, they will come back the following year – just like spuds, only worse! They keep coming each year until you have finally managed to weed them out and then you say you’ll never grow them again. That is until a couple of years pass and you have forgotten how invasive they can be – well they are related to that dreadful weed Oxalis! And you see them in the store and think – I should grow those – it will be fun! Haha. I laugh at my own ineptitude.
But not this year – fool me once! Well actually twice. But this year I have a plan. I am developing a wee corner of my garden that I am beginning to refer to as my Invasive Corner, where each mini bed has things that once you plant you just can’t get rid of. But that is ok here. They are contained within their space and they can go as crazy as they want, and all it will mean for me is a perpetual harvest, instead of weeding forever! In this corner I have Cape Gooseberries – or Ground Cherries, because they can come back from the back from the dead each year in my garden, Jerusalem artichokes as you can never dig all of these guys up, and now yams!
I wonder what else will grow in Invasive Corner. I planted horseradish in my herb garden and then the following day I heard from two different sources to be careful as they are invasive. But I’d already done it. However they don’t seem to be posing much of a problem because I think I killed them. I can’t find them anywhere in my herb garden at all!
Come again soon – I really must get on to that list, I have a nagging feeling I’m forgetting something.
Sarah the Gardener : o )