Growing guide for Artichoke Jerusalem

PLANTING
Artichoke Jerusalem need well drained light soil to grow well,
They also like full sun.
The traditional time for planting is in late winter to spring, but can be planted anytime from about December to April.
It is best to dig over the planting area a couple of times to brake up the soil before planting.
Remove all weeds and add organic matter a couple of days before planting the tuber.
The tuber is then planted at a depth of 8cm (3-4inch).

CARE
As the plant grows it is important to keep the area weed free.
In some areas snails can be a problem as they love to eat the leaves.
To get a good crop the plants need regular watering as they donít like to dry out.
A tip is to mulch round the plant to conserve water.
Once the plant has established it will shade out the ground below so reducing the need for weeding.
Donít feed or fertilise the plant during the growing period.

HARVESTING
The trick to getting the best flavour out of this root is to let it receive a frost.
So donít harvest to early. The wait will be worth it as it does enhance the flavour.
Donít forget to save a couple of tubers to over winter for next years planting.
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