The last of the JA whoppers?

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.

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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19 Responses to The last of the JA whoppers?

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    You did really well! Mine were much smaller. Maybe it was being next to all those bokashi solids though mine got a good feed of compost.

    • Helen says:

      I noticed the tubers were funny shapes as well, perhaps attributable to the high levels of uncomposted bokashi solids. How long have you have your Jerusalem artichokes? The first year, I was really disappointed by the size and quantity of tubers but I think I might have left some already โ€˜matureโ€™ ones in the ground over time.

  2. Congratulations on the artichokes

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Now there is a good idea Helen, to grow them in a container! I will have to do the same as they do take over my delicately organized herbal bed the last few summers when more and more of them grow vigorously where they should not. Yours look brilliant Helen, I bet you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Helen says:

      I think they are one of those vegetables I eat because I think I should rather than because I have a strong desire to eat. So, I have been given most of the tubers away ๐Ÿ˜‰.

      It will be a shame for those who get my packages to get fewer in future but it will be interesting to see how many the container produces ๐Ÿ˜Š. I hope you manage a way of containing yours, Agnes.

  4. mortaltree says:

    Wow that’s huge, Helen. Congrats on the harvest!

  5. I’m not a fan of eating JA but I love the way they look and grow. You’ve done very well, Helen.

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