A gift of Jerusalem artichokes

111001 Jerusalem artichokeIt may not look like much at the moment . . . and . . . this is the new Jerusalem artichoke bed.  A friend gifted me with some surplus and, after checking with the Deva of the Garden about where to plant these, I dug up the soil in a fresh spot and planted.  Just wait until next year when I will be able to see the cheerful flowers from the house window.  And next fall I will have fresh Jerusalem artichokes to harvest.

We are now experiencing fall-like weather with wind and cooler temperatures.  So I took a tour of the garden to see how plants are faring as they prepare for the winter season.  I noticed the purple coneflower seed heads were ripe so I spread the seed in the new bed created this summer for them.  Then I noticed the lizard. . .

111001 Lizard on oxeye daisy leafCan you see it?  The lizard’s tail is on the ox-eye daisy leaf and the purple coneflower seed head is to the upper right.

The nasturtiums are doing well in the new cool hoop house bed.  I’ve been eating an occasional leaf when I stop by.

111001 NasturtiumThe comfrey is well established — after transplanting it in the heat of the summer from another friend’s “over-run with comfrey” bed.

111001 ComfreyThis leek looks good.  I wonder if I should harvest and eat it now . . . or let it over-winter?

111001 LeekAaahh . . . the wintergreen (teaberry) has lovely berries which are ripening.  They will be fun to eat during the winter.

111001 Wintergreen (teaberry) #2I planted two of these wintergreen plants about three years ago.  They have spread nicely and I’m looking forward to their completely covering this particular garden bed in the future.

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2 Responses to A gift of Jerusalem artichokes

  1. Linda Saunders says:

    Very Interesting and beautiful pictures. I have a Jerusalem Artichoke plant but was not sure what it was. How to you use the artichoke, cooking ideas?
    Thanks Linda

    • Angelyn says:

      Linda, I have a friend who cooks Jerusalem artichokes and I plan to get her expertise about it since i have not cooked them before. I did read about them in Nature’s Garden by Samuel Thayer. (He’s written two great books about foraging for food.) I suggest doing an Internet search. By the way this plant is also called a sunchoke because it does not really have artichokes the way the real artichoke plant does. A quick google of “sunchoke recipes” brings up a lot of interesting info.

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