|Oca plants Oxalis tuberosa|
I am storing them in an old paper bag that my red and white currants came in. The bag was still quite serviceable and would keep the oca in fairly good nick for the winter.
I am eating oca quite regularly now, including them in soups, curries and stews.
|Paper sac for the oca tubers.|
|Digging up the oca.|
A thick layer of woody shreddings was put around the oca during the summer and, as you can see, it has all rotted away now except for a few bits here and there.
|The largest tubers|
|The last plant harvested|
Taking out the oca left me with a strip of garden that was not covered with green manure. It would be quite difficult to get any green manure seed to germinate now even though it is unprecedentedly warm. Furthermore, I have run out of green manure seed.
I also had a pile of oca tops that needed to be composted. All the compost bins were chocker block and I could not fit anything else into them unless I started to empty them.
So I was in a bit of quandary about what to do. It was a compost turning day today and I thought that I would start to sieve out the compost while turning it. I could see if there was enough well rotted compost to put along the strip of ground that the oca had been harvested from. It would cover the top soil and protect it from the rain while adding a little nutrient through leaching. I could either spread it across the top of the new potato bed or dig it in during next spring. The top soil here has not been composted or manured because the oca were still growing; so I needed to add something to the soil particularly as this part of the allotment was not cleared of perennial weeds until the end of May. Sieved well rotted compost seemed to be the answer.
|My trusty bread tray sieve.|
Still, the bins produced some very good rough compost.
|Compost being sieved|
The compost was turned every two days for about one month.
|Some good rough compost.|