Not moving but doubling!

Many moons ago, I had a blackberry bush. I’d bought it just as I crashed into a major depression in 2011. I didn’t know very much about horticulture at this point but it amazes me that I had the gumption at this point to go for a thornless variety. What I didn’t realise is that it would be a thorn in the side with its long tendrils all over the garden. And then it developed thorns, anyway.

So, I dug it out and put it at the back of the garden. To which a follower of my blog remarked that with these things you didn’t so much move as end up with two.

This appears to be the case with the Jerusalem artichokes. They had been growing in the largest pot in the garden but I decided I wanted this for a tomato plant this year. Thus, the remaining tubers were moved to another pot.

And then this happened:

Jerusalem artichokes growing in the old pot this spring.

Fortunately, from past experience, I know that they aren’t actually that hard to eradicate, having had to do so from when they were in the ground. Basically, you chop the plant down to the ground when the shoots appear. However, I decided to try transplanting all that I could found in their original home in the new abode. I expect that is not the last I will see of them in the place where the tomato is supposed to go but the rest will have to be sacrificed for the greater good.

Jerusalem artichokes in their new pot.

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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7 Responses to Not moving but doubling!

  1. I wish our wild garlic were so easy to eradicate 🙂

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I had 3 huge pots of Jerusalem artichokes and decided it was 2 too many so I emptied them sieving the soil to use it to fill up some of my raised beds. Despite all that care new JA’s are popping up all over the place (and being ruthlessly weeded out!)

  3. Helen, I’m sorry to read about your major depression. They can be debilitating.

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