Victory Garden Part2

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

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Lower Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 6b)

Is that what victory looks like?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

yup

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

LOL, if we plant it and it grows, that's a Victory!

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

yup im have one 5 feet tall

Greensboro, AL

Jasmerr: An old man told me once, about an elderly neighbor: She didn't get her garden in this year. She must be getting ready to die.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

Any one ever eat Jerusleum Artichokes ?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Yes! I love them raw in salads or lightly sautéed in butter. In fact I plan to grow some here.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

me to i like theam roasted there the onely plant in north america thats related to the sun flower

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Hmmmm, I've never had them roasted. How do you roast them?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

in a pan in the oven till soft

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

No seasonings? Butter?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

i use a little sea salt and pepper

Ida, MI

I have been looking into jarusalem artichokes and planning on planting some this year. A truly sustainable resource. from what I hear the things can even be invasive. Between them and zuchini you would never starve! LOL

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

LOL!

But they are really an impressive garden plant if you are okay with a daisy-like flower on 10 foot stalks! I figure if they invade here I will have lots of food. I wish I could grow zucchini but the squash borers always get them and the ones I'm given are waaaaay past their prime! I'm hoping this year to have enough $$ for some row cover to keep the borers out.

Someone sent me some Jerusalem Artichokes that have a purple tuber, still edible. I hope they haven't dried out too much in the shed. Time to plant them if okay!

Ida, MI

Past their prime? Time to make zucchini bread, Yum!

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Nah, the seeds in them then are too big for zucchini bread and too much trouble to remove.

I always grate and freeze extra zucchini in the amounts called for in my zucc. bread recipe, and I make it all winter long, in mini-loaves.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

i grow the yellow zucchini

Ida, MI

Darius, all you have to do is scrape the entire seed area clean in caveman club zuchini and use only the outer meat area like you do with pumpkin. By the way they also make excellent duck food! Years ago I had muscovy ducks, a species which could also wipe out world hunger, LOL and they just loved zucchini, I don't know why but zucchini was deffinatly one of their favorite foods.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

less seeds in the yellow and smaller seeds

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I have grown Jerusalem artichokes too, and I love them, so crunchy and sweet, they are excellent for diabetics.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Do they bear fruit like a tomato or such or do you eat the root like potato?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

you eat the root in a salad or yopu can broil or boil like a tatter

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Yes it is a tuber, and I think they are best eaten raw in salads or by themselves.
I also like them sliced and lightly sauted.
One nice thing is you don't have to harvest them all at once, you can dig them and enjoy them all through the Fall and Winter.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

If you go digging around in the roots and harvesting them, won't the plant die? I must be missing something.

Rome, GA(Zone 7b)

I planted some jerusalem artichoke this year as well on the north end of my irish potato patch. From what I've read, I gather you let the plant grow like 10' tall, flower and then die. Then you dig the tubers and eat them. Is this correct? Do the flowers have any edible seeds like other sunflowers?

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

That is correct, in the fall the plant goes dormant and you can start harvesting the tubers then.
Of course you want to save some so you can plant them and have more plants the following year.
If you don't harvest them, they will just sit there in the soil and come up in the Spring.
The seeds are very small, so they are not edible for humans, but the birds love them

Rose Lodge, OR(Zone 8b)

I don't think you all want to see MY planting list; it's longer than mermaid's.
But I don't really know what to do with things except eat the tomatoes.

Darius, if you can't find horseradish locally or at the supermarket, give me a holler.

San Francisco Bay Ar, CA(Zone 9b)

summerkid, are you saying that you do not know how to cook/prepare vegetables other than tomatos?

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