This year’s Jerusalem artichokes

It has been unbelievably springlike today and for the first time in an absolute age I enjoyed working in the garden.

The plan was to dig up the Jerusalem artichokes, put the contents of the last bokashi bin in the resultant hole and then blanche the tubers in order to store them in the freezer.

The freezer is ready to take them, since we’ve almost munched our way through 2017’s strawberries (just about) and other produce. However, I’m quite worn out after digging and washing. So fertilising and preserving will have to wait.

Out of interest, I looked up how much money I would have had to hand over if I had bought my 4.3 kg of Jerusalem artichokes. It came in at a disappointing £12-£16 – or rather, I was disappointed until I reflected that that is still a substantial number of meals out of a patch of ground which is just two feet by four feet.

On a different note, I was pleased by the number of worms I saw. I wonder if they are there because of last year’s bokashi solids?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to This year’s Jerusalem artichokes

  1. Glad you’ve got some better weather

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    I’m glad you had a good day! Gardening, especially digging, is exhausting after a break. We had a pleasant morning but rain in the afternoon was followed by much colder weather.

  3. Enjoy your springlike weather!

  4. That sure is great produce for a small place! I really like the Jerusalem artichoke but they don’t like me much .. 😀

  5. jeffpermie says:

    Probably the best crop for any new gardener as they don’t need much except planting, tying and harvesting!

    I have so many and still tons in the ground, I’m thinking of doing 2 gallons of the wine this year (will need 4 kg’s for that).

  6. jeffpermie says:

    I just heard from a contact via email today that she has had to stop selling tubers such as Ulluco and Oca as defra is fear mongering over ”potential alien viruses that may affect potatoes”, she mentioned that growing and selling / buying is currently banned on tubers so I’m assuming that makes us all criminals? 😉

    • Helen says:

      I think the issue could be because they are non-native and invasive. I’ve just had a look on the Defra website and there is nothing about Jerusalem artichokes – can’t see how they would affect potatoes but it is worth keeping an eye on what is going on. Of course, potatoes are themselves a non-native species, as are almost all vegetables but I guess the difference is that most are non-invasive.

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