Sunday, January 11, 2015
A Winter's Harvest - Growing Jerusalem Artichokes
In any case, after breezing through a relatively mild December, January has predictably brought with it the sudden reminder of how frigid our New England winters can be. Temperatures fell to 0 degrees F this past week, which left me scrambling to protect some of our more vulnerable outdoor plants (like my oriental persimmon tree for instance). Any hopes that we would get through this winter unscathed is gone at this point. I can only hope that the next two months will be kind to us gardeners and our plants.
One thing I was able to do before the temperatures plunged last week was to dig up the bulk of my Jerusalem artichokes. This was my first time growing this edible tuber and the results were interesting to say the least.
In any case, I will undoubtedly be growing them again. However, I'll be moving the crop to an isolated raised bed to prevent any overly precocious tubers from escaping. I don't know of any other local gardeners who are growing Jerusalem artichokes, but I hope that some of you will give them a try. It's the lazy gardener's dream vegetable for sure. You just dig up the lot and leave behind 1 or 2 tubers for next year's crop. It couldn't get any simpler.