Now that the first pumpkin has been mostly consumed, there is space in my kitchen for Jerusalem artichokes.
I had been dubious of these being ready yet to be dug up. At the local organic farm, I’ve not seen them before January. At the same time, they are supposed to be ready by late autumn and we are officially there now, so I decided to start with the ones in the grow bag.
Another gleaning from my readings is that Jerusalem artichokes aren’t necessarily the best croppers, so I was intrigued to see what came out of the bag. In the event, the tubers weighed in at about three quarters of a pound. Is that what you could expect from one original tuber?
One thing which may have affected the outcome is the amount of water the artichokes did or rather didn’t receive. The compost in the bag was very dry even though it rained last night and it did get watered on a regular basis. So, I now realise that anything in pots and bags really do need large amounts of liquid.
The other artichokes are in the ground, so it will be interesting to see how they have fared. Will the tubers have developed more than the ones in the picture below?