Sweetcorn vs. Jerusalem artichokes

I’ve already decided the Jerusalem artichokes need to be moved to a pot after this growing season. This space is going to have a hazel tree in it.

However, there is another very good reason for the move: not only are they prolific, once they get going, they suck the life out of surrounding vegetation. If I loved eating them, fair does, but I’d rather have sweetcorn, in this instance.

Whereas the other maturing corn stand as tall as me, the ones in the picture below are getting nowhere. If we’re lucky, we’ll get baby corn, which is fine, but with this year turning out to be somewhat underwhelming for garden produce, anyway, I’m itching now to get on with autumn and the garden make-over.

How about your plans for the autumn?

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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12 Responses to Sweetcorn vs. Jerusalem artichokes

  1. Our corn is doing great this year in spite of all the smoke. We have high hopes for it! It if does as well as the melons, squash, and beans we’ll have lots. I have never tried a winter garden, tho.

  2. I, too, would prefer sweetcorn; but we don’t do veg other than runner beans mingling with the flowers

  3. Tabula Rasa says:

    I was thinking of growing Jerusalem artichokes this year…. maybe Iโ€™ll try a big pot instead of the ground ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Helen says:

      It depends how much ground you have and how many tubers you can eat, but containing them is a good idea ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Helen says:

      By the way, thanks for the link to The Real Seed Co. in your post about Gigantes. I had always wondered which beans the Greeks used and am pleased to be able to add these to my arsenal of homegrown pulses. It would be great if I could get a kilo of them from 10 plants!

      • Tabula Rasa says:

        ๐Ÿ˜€ I was in turn given the link on the grow your own forum. They are great fun to grow and give to people. The only slight trouble can be drying the ones later in the season. You can dry them indoors or in a dehydrator or just use them fresh.

  4. Helen says:

    By the way, thanks for the link to The Real Seed Co. in your post about Gigantes. I had always wondered which beans the Greeks used and am pleased to be able to add these to my arsenal of homegrown pulses. It would be great if I could get a kilo of them from 10 plants!

  5. Gosh Iโ€™m sure itching for spring and the summer garden! Iโ€™ve never grown Jerusalem artichoke .. I hear they can be bossy!

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