The Jerusalem Artichokes Are All In Bloom Now !

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    All summer, the Jerusalem Artichokes slowly grow, and they do not blossom until into September. Now, they will bloom until we have frost and then they die.
    The first year, we just had a small row of the tubers that I had planted, and then last fall, they went to seed, and also, we didn't dig up any of the tubers.
    This year, we have enough of the plants that I will dig up some of them and use the tubers. The tubers are edible, and very healthy, so we will probably try eating some of them and see if we like them.
    From what I read, they can be eaten either raw or cooked, and are similar to a potato in flavor .

    We even had people picking the flowers a few days ago. Bobby was watching out the door, and then I heard him scolding someone that they should at least ask the property owner before they did that; so I went to see what was going on.
    A couple were walking down the street, and apparently, they decided to pick themselves a bouquet of the tiny sunflowers .
    I went out and talked to her, and told her that if she like them, to come back in another month and I will give her some seeds to plant. She thanked me, but never said a word about stealing the flowers. I guess that she thought that was an acceptable behavior.
    They are all down the front of the house by the road. My original plan was that they would be like a front border/hedge, but they spend all summer short and just get really tall in the fall.
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    I like those...is that the one we were talking about that would do well here?

    Just rembered that was dinosaur kale..right?

    Anyway, they make a pretty fence!!

    Also, is that yellow flower in your avatar from the bush?
     
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    The tubers you gave us are growing wonderfully @Yvonne Smith and now that I see how tall they will be we will probably use them against our privacy fencing later on. :)
     
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    The sunchokes should be perfect for your privacy fence, @Babs Hunt . I read that they can grow around 7-8 feet tall, but mine have never gotten that tall here. You have a longer growing season, so your very well could grow taller before fall hits and kill them off.
    All you have to do is wait until they look dead this fall, and then dig them up like you would a potato plant, and replant the tubers along the privacy fence area.
    Next spring they should come up all along the fence line, and then you just leave them be until they are as thick as you want them for privacy.
    I started out with about twice what I sent you, and planted them along the front of the house.
    The first year, they were pretty sparse, but then they made tubers and the next year they had started to thicken into a better patch.
     
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    I'm so thankful you sent them to us Yvonne. I think they will work perfect for the privacy screening too. And I'll get to see those yellow flowers that I love so much too. :)
     
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    I haven't grown the sunchokes for years, but if I remember correctly, they don't store well like regular potatoes. They are principally inulin, not starch, which is not well digested, but you can serve them in place of potatoes in many dishes. They were once recommended for diabetics, but I don't know if they still are. Good photos of them--decorative and edible, too!
     
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