Monday 7 November 2016
Harvest Monday: November 7, 2016
Most of my "outdoor" time this past week has been cleaning out my garage so I can fit my car back into it for winter - there is nothing pleasant about scraping ice off the windshield for 4-5 months. However, I did get around to a bit of cleanup in the yard.
First up were the jerusalem artichokes shown above. These are planted in a space that is obviously not well suited to growing these sunchokes. Which is good and bad. Because they spread very easily (any piece of broken off root left in the ground will regrow), it is good that they don't grow as well as they could in a better location. But bad because they have only flowered once in the three years I've been growing them. I really bought them only for the flowers although I do like to eat them roasted now and then. The picture shows about half of the three pounds harvested.
And I decided to harvest all of the horseradish root that was growing in a small container. As with the jerusalem artichokes, leaving any bit of the root will likely result in more horseradish next year as it is also a bit invasive. I dumped the container of soil into another area of the garden so it's possible I'll find some growing next year. I usually keep horseradish around as it is helping in staving off Colorado Potato Beetles. I will mince it then add some vinegar and salt to preserve it.
The only other item harvested was a small bunch of spring onions while cleaning out that garden bed. I will be heading over to Our Happy Acres to see what other gardeners are doing on this Harvest Monday.