The Jerusalem artichokes have needed digging up for some time now. As it’s been a warm winter and it doesn’t look there will be a freeze any time soon, it seemed likely that if they weren’t harvested in the near future, it wouldn’t be right to harvest them at all before autumn. When goodness knows what kind of forest they could have grown into!
But it wasn’t sorting this out so much as what my vegetables might do to my innards that was putting me off. In fact, I deliberated for a long time about whether I should continue growing this particular crop, even though I do like the taste and they are by no means hard to cultivate.
Unless you count their invasive nature, which doesn’t seem to hold true in this garden of mine.
Maybe it’s because of the heavy soil, maybe it’s because of competition from the aforementioned weeds and other vegetation. I think it might also be because of the roots of nextdoor’s silver birch.
In any case, whilst doing the clear-out, I cut some of the tree roots out. And I came across some other rather large roots which probably come from a bush I dug out years ago. Obviously not as thorough a job as it could have been.
All in all, though, I now have a few Jerusalem artichokes to grace the table. They were quite hard to find, considering how much they resemble the builders’ rubble which was also down there. Mmm, maybe there are more tubers than I thought 😉.