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Jerusalem Artichoke Harvest Time! & Snow!

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Joined: 2009-08-07

We've been getting quite a bit of snow,,,though most of it has been melting as fast as it comes down, but now this mourning it is finally down to around 20 deg F and the snow is sticking good. The cool weather should also be enough to kill my Jerusalem Artichoke plant tops so I can begin harvesting them. So far it looks like a mild winter, so I may be able to get some out of the ground on into winter,,,,provided I get around to going and getting some more old hay to cover the tubers with!

Joined: 2009-08-07

Did You Say SNOW.
We have just been told from Monday onwards to expect temperatures in excess of 70F.
It rained for the last 3 days, dry tomorrow, wet Suday and then wall to wall sun.
In my last garden I put a stream in to take surplus water away from a pond. It worked very well, you could try it for your pond Larry. I lined it with black plastic like you use for a damp course, if you overlap downwards it keeps the cost down. It also was the only 'stream' in my neighbourhood which provoked much comment from the neighbours as to where all this water I had in my stream was coming from.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Yes, SNOW!

,,,and we are likely to get more tomorrow to spoil my trip to the hot spring!

Thanks for the idea with the stream! I think most of the water will go into a shallow hole near the pond, forming another even shallower pond than I have now, yippy! However the may eventually be enough to make a nice little stream,,,provided I don't end up keeping it all pumped out to well from using the pond water for irrigation!

I think the pond may be deep enough to swim in now,,,if it weren't so cold and with a bit of ice on the pond!

As for those Jerusalem Artichokes, I may go out there tomorrow morning and see whether or not the ground is too froze to make Raw Fried "Spuds" out of!:)

Joined: 2009-08-07
Re: Stream,,,

If I end up with enough water, the whole stream deal will be easy to do as I already have a ditch digger to pull behind my tractor. I could also make trenches with the ditch digger and pump water into them to let soak into the ground to grow water loving plants/shrubs/trees!:)

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