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Strawberry, Raspberry, and Jerusalem Artichoke update

01 Apr 2011
Sunny 21°C / 70°F

The bare root strawberries that I received from Pinetree last Friday are growing almost magically! The bare root raspberries haven’t yet shown signs of life, but the Heritage raspberry plant that I bought locally in the fall had its first flower today.

I received 4 Jerusalem artichoke (an oddly named vigorous native sunflower with edible starchy roots) tubers from Pinetree today, and plan to pot them up tomorrow.


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whirliegig

whirliegig

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United States6a

excellent on the jerusalem artichokes! I’d gotten some a few years back but they didn’t survive long enough to get them in the ground. I’m sure yours will do much better. I’ll have to give them another try soon. Perhaps I’ll figure out what I did wrong by watching your progress!

Posted on 04 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

Your new garden and climate seem to be awesomely productive.

Posted on 04 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)
Armorel

Armorel

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United Kingdom10a

I love how quickly the strawberry plants start coming to life in the spring – it is almost magical, isn’t it?
I noticed the first strawberry flower on our biggest Honeoye plant this weekend and the raspberries have flowerbuds too. Our Jerusalem artichokes almost took over one end of our veg plot – I thought I’d dug most of them this winter and then, blow me, I found another load when I dug the plot over for the potatoes. They are delicious though :-)

Posted on 05 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

@whirliegig: You must have gotten a bad set of tubers. A guy from my community garden in Boston bought some at Whole Foods a couple of years ago, potted them up, and 100% of the tubers turned into healthy-looking plants! I potted these up the day after receiving them in the mail (they arrived in a plastic bag with some moistened compost) and am excited to see what becomes of them. :)

@anelson: So far so good! The local soil is sandy and poor, and there’s solid clay around the foundation of my house, but the previous owner added mushroom compost to all of the beds she set up and mulched heavily with pine straw which was a big help. And I’ve been adding Plant-tone organic fertilizer and/or compost every time I plant something new.

@Armorel: I’m absolutely astonished at how fast the strawberry plants are growing! Especially the Seascapes, since those barely had a green nub at the top when the bare root plants arrived last week. I thought that they were going to have to use a good bit of energy to get settled in and regrow root hairs, but they’ve just been growing like gangbusters. So much fun to watch. I’ve never eaten Jerusalem artichokes – hopefully I’ll be able to harvest and sample some this fall – I’m glad to hear that you find them delicious! I figure that even if I don’t like to eat them, they’re a lovely perennial sunflower that can thrive in a spot (wet soil) that not too many other plants can handle, so no loss.

Posted on 05 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)
Armorel

Armorel

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United Kingdom10a

Late to this one (we’ve been away) but I have a wonderful Artichoke and Smoked Bacon soup that I did a while back, I’ll try and look out the recipe for you :-)

Posted on 16 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

@Armorel – That sounds tasty! If you can find the recipe, I’d love to see it. :)

Posted on 16 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)
Armorel

Armorel

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United Kingdom10a

@ redloon
I finally tracked down the recipe for the soup online (I thought it was Nigel Slater’s recipe but it turns out to be one by Nick Nairn). It’s on the BBC – Food website and it’s called “Kent artichoke and dry cured smoked bacon soup with olive oil croĆ»tons and crisp bacon”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/kentartichokeanddryc_91092
I’d recommend that you find dry-cured bacon if possibly because ordinary bacon seems to weep so much liquid and ‘white stuff’. Enjoy!

Posted on 05 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

Ooh – Thank you! I’m looking forward to trying it. :)

Posted on 05 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

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