Since the yew and hazel trees I ordered from The Woodland Trust have now arrived at my parents’, it was time to get the Jerusalem artichokes out of the ground. The tree isn’t going in exactly this spot but I don’t want them sapping the energy the tree needs. They are also too close to the Scrumptious, which went in at the start of the month.
One thing I was pleased about was to see that the bokashi solids had turned to compost, so the roots of the hazel and the apple trees will have something nice to grow into. I was also amazed by the number of worms. I wish I’d had my phone to hand at the time, as one of the worms must have been a foot long. Anyway, it was interesting to watch it move across the garden towards the compost bin.
As for the Jerusalem artichoke crop, I’d expected meagre pickings in view of the exceptionally dry summer last year. However, it looks like preparing them for the freezer is going to be a time-consuming job!
The largest, however, has already been consumed.
It weighed in at 158 grammes, so about six ounces. Definitely at least one of my five a day.
As the title of this post suggests, though, things will probably be different next year. Clearly, I cannot continue to grow Jerusalem artichokes near my trees. So, they are now going in a container, where they won’t be able to run amok round the garden. And they won’t then take up so much freezer space either.