Child’s play

Reversion to childhood seems to be the theme of my past week. I’ve spent lots of time fistly digging in mud and then digging in dirt. I’ve been harvesting!

Water chestnut harvesting.
Water chestnut harvesting.

Firstly it was the water chestnuts. When you taste these sweet crunchy delights in a stir fry you start to understand why texture should be an important part of any meal. Luckily for me we’ve been basking in above average temperatures for the first few days of spring – so for once at least I wasn’t shivering through a cold wet harvest at 10 degrees C. It certainly looks like the water chestnuts were well on the way to being past harvest time as quite a few were already shooting.

A water chestnut, shooting already.
A water chestnut, shooting already.

This has been a good year for water chestnuts. Not only did we harvest enough tubers to fill 6 litres of icecream containers, but most of the tubers were of a good size – all the easier to peel them.

Some of the water chestnut harvest.
Some of the water chestnut harvest.

Of course we are not sure how we managed to get such a good-sized crop this time. We think that we may not have used as much rich compost in the tub this year, which probably meant less energy was spent of growing leaves. That’s our theory anyway.

My other close encounter with the soil was digging up our Jerusalem artichoke crop. Again the tubers were starting to shoot away so I think I got them just in time. Because it’s very easy to break the delicate tubers when harvesting I sat on the ground and dug them out with the ho-mi. The cat came to keep me company and the chickens were very keen to get the worms and the curl grubs that I found while digging. I harvested just over a bucket load of tubers.

A bucket and a h bit of Jerusalem Artichokes.
A bucket and a h bit of Jerusalem Artichokes.

So we ended up having some for dinner along with some beetroot in a Jerusalem Artichoke and Beetroot borscht.

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