Well, there was no snow today (phew!), so I was able to get out into the garden and do another job on my list. In previous years, I have tended to leave the Jerusalem artichokes until they have been almost sprouting, so this year I was keen to get them out of the pot before then.
The plan was to to transfer the compost from the Jerusalem artichoke pot, once it had been divested of its tubers, to the pots on the patio. Then I would be able to fill the now empty pot with new compost and plant a dwarf pear tree.
I didn’t get as far as this, though. The compost in the Jerusalem artichoke pot was frozen at the top and even when I had broken through, it took an age to sift through the contents to find every last little fragment of the tubers. This year, they were very small indeed, I think because they were so sparingly watered last summer. No matter, we enjoyed a pleasant soup with them at lunchtime, so altogether it was a job well done.
I wasn’t so pleased by what I noticed when I went to add more food waste to the Green Johanna, however. Some animal had been digging at the base, although it would appear that they did not get inside. I hope the base is intact but further investigations will have to wait for a while.
I knew realistically it was only a matter of time before the fine-tuned nose of a rodent picked up the scent of the Green Johanna’s contents. As they are not going down with it being such a cold winter, it’s difficult to fill up with brown ingredients which might temper the smell. So, my best hope is that whoever it was who showed such a keen interest in my compost has decided it’s not that appealing after all.