Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Garden Planting

I haven't been out in the garden in the last couple of days, mostly because we had SNOW!

 It didn't stay very long, but yeah, for two days we had snow again.....

This afternoon, I am going to get out there and at least get in a row of these Seigland Potatoes....look at the sprouts on them!!

Check this out if you want to know the specifics on planting the potatoes....

And...friends gave us some Jerusalem Artichokes.

Now is the time to get them in the ground.

He told us to stick them in a garden area where they can stay over winter....

next Spring at this time, we will be able to harvest some.

I was told to plant them about 2 feet apart, so there is plenty of room for the tubers to grow.

They taste like potatoes.....and since they can be harvested at this time of the year,

 it may be a good idea to grow a whole wack of them to feed off to the piglets next Spring......
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Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Jerusalem eloquently dubbed "The Curse" by my coworker (who in turn gave me some which ended in getting me cursin').

I recommend planting them a good distance away from your garden. Say....40 acres? They are incredibly prolific. I won't say they spread, but they do march. Like the German front.

They do have their good side: they make a wonderful living fence, they get lil' yellow flowers (if yer season is long enough), and yes, you can eat them. Not much flavor, and they turn to mush when cooked. Add to soups right at the end of cooking.

Do NOT try to eradicate by tilling.

Tim and Kari O'Brien said...

That's a funny comment from Cedar View Paint Horses! Marching and saluting artichokes create quite a visual image!
The little chokes are great to eat raw, too, and just rinsed from the garden. They don't need to be peeled and they are crisp and clean and help control blood sugar levels.

Linda Foley said...

Jerusalem Artichokes, I've never planted them, although I did think about it. I have heard they can be a real pain in the, er, back! It's hard to get rid of them once you get them started because even if you leave a little splinter in the ground they will grow again!

But even so, they would be great to grow I think for the animals and us humans... I am looking forward to hear what you think of them as you grow and harvest.

Annie said...

Hi Andy! I'm not too worried about the invasiveness....not now at least, lol!

We can use them for ourselves but also for pig feed in the early spring.

And...I've got them in a separate garden away from the main veggie gardens. So here's hoping!

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