Well, having a great start to my weekend. When I opened the front door this evening, there was a note to say I had a parcel waiting nextdoor. I hadn’t expected the Jerusalem artichokes to arrive so soon – the information from the supplier had been that they would arrive at the end of March – so I was intrigued when I knocked on the door.
My neighbour had been a little alarmed by the label on the front which states ‘Live plants – unpack immediately’. She wondered therefore if she should open the package and give them a water. But they did actually come in a damp inner bag and look very fresh.
As the nights are drawing out now, I decided there and then to get my gardening shoes on. I had made the preparations for the artichokes last autumn, putting manure down on a space vacated by the strawberries. So, all I needed to do was dig a hole and put a couple of tubers in it.
Except that the ground had a fair amount of bramble bush roots in it. I therefore am not sure I have placed the tubers deep enough in the ground – according to the RHS website, the best depth is between 6 and 8 inches – but as with all things gardening I will just had to wait and see now.
Anyway, as if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, I think I have found a source of bricks and paving through freecycle. This should help me keep the artichokes from spreading all over the garden and allotment, as well as potentially providing the material for other gardening projects. Oh, the opportunities in my mind are endless 😉
© Helen Butt, March 2014