Joseph Fields wrote:I guess I must have the giant size kind.
William James wrote:I'm thinking about combating sunchoke invasiveness with Fennel. They say that nothing likes to grow around fennel. I planted the Sunchokes this spring where the fennel was last year, and it's not going so hot. So, next year when they kick into high gear, perhaps I'll have some fennel waiting for them along the edges.
I'll let you know if Sunchokes feel like growing past a fennel border.
Right now I'm hemming them in with very tall weeds.
Great news about the radishes. Didn't think about that.
Oh, and yeah, if you can find someone who's selling them to eat, eat one, plop the other in the ground and watch it go to work. Very nice plant. Something you could grow with potatoes, maybe. Since you're disturbing the ground anyway...
Another thing, there's actually a 3 sister's guild based on Sunchoke, Chinese Artichoke, and Ground nut. Probably in Eric Toensmier's Book, as he promotes it.
Blake Wheeler wrote:Just realized this is an older thread, but you guys are aware you can cut the tubers up (like potatoes) before you plant them right? Chopped a pound worth into 2" sections and planted them late last fall. Despite a very cold winter for our zone (-10 on some days) all of them came up.
Adam Hoar wrote:If you buy them in the fall do you wait till spring to plant them or would you plant them in the fall and let them over winter?
Where are good places to get them in bulk to start a decent size patch? How large are most of your guys patches, and how much yield do you get from those patches?
Jaime Wilder wrote:I've had sunchokes in my garden for 3 years now, and they have managed to survive in my (terrible) clay "soil". Last winter I dug them all out and replanted the tubers in a "no-dig" layered bed. They are absolutely exploding in here, and should be very easy to harvest.
Jan Harper wrote:Moved here from England and cannot believe that this plant--which we've been religiously digging out by the tubers and toss away as they're so big and invasive--is so great and we've wasted it year after year!
It comes up each year, more and more of it, from tubers that get missed deep in the ground; this year we've got rid of so much of it, but the few plants left and (later on) the tubers that sprout where we missed the, I'm going to make a friendlier bed for and see what happens. I adore the taste of waterchestnuts and artichoke hearts, so it's a win-win for me.
Are they best harvested in Fall once the foliage has died back? I'm asking because the rainiest season here tends to be early summer.
Brent Bowden wrote:I put some tubers in the ground a week and a half ago. I just made a hole in the grass with a hori hori and stuck em in. Yesterday I unexpectedly, but fortuitously, scored a load of wood chips. Should I try to rescue them, or will they make it through the chips? I think I already covered some of them, but I also didn't mark where I planted them. Oops! Maybe if I don't compact the chips too much it will be okay?