Another hole

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.

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 Another hole

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I am in the process of lifting my Jerusalem Artichokes too. I am having s sieve the soil to find the tiny ones and to get out nettle roots which have happily established in the pots. And like you I can see evidence of rodents in the beds and compost heaps looking for food. I shall have to have words with the cats!

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    I am somewhat relieved to know that it’s just not only me with a rat problem. I gather some of the issue is that restaurants and pubs are no longer leaving stuff out for them as they are shut , so the rats are hungry.

  3. So inspiring – Jerusalem Artichokes are so special… I must get some for this year!
    I do hope your four legged guests soon move on..!

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