Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, and Chores

I decided to take the morning off to catch up on some chores in peace and quiet.  It's not that I don't like having the grand kids here but the noise level is always higher than birds and squirrels.  And the questions are thrown at me every 2 minutes.  I know, I know, when they hit their teenage years I'm going to miss their questions every two minutes. 

Most everything we do around here has to do with prepping for the life as we know it to come crashing down.  If all goes as I hope (our preps not the crash, since I pray that it stops - not that it won't come. In case you don't know, it's already here and the slide down is coming faster and faster) around our home we won't notice too much of a difference. 

 I bought a large horseradish root in April.  I used half to make horseradish and the rest of it is in a bag in the refrigerator.  It is sprouting leaves.  Now I want to plant it. I know it can end up being invasive so I'm thinking about putting it in the front pasture near enough to one of the fruit trees so it will get watered but in an area that the animals can eat the leaves when it starts spreading.  Does anyone have any experience with horseradish? 

I've also thought about Jerusalem artichokes.  They look like sunflowers but have a tuber like a potato.  I've heard you can't ever dig them all up so they will return year after year.  Sort of like my potato plants!  I want to know when they start growing and how long it takes for the plants to mature.  If I put them in the front of the front pasture they'd get moisture from the raspberry plants being watered about 6 feet away but wouldn't get direct watering.  Would that work?  Would the plants be mature by the time I put the sheep into the front pasture, which is usually in June or July?

It's almost time to get the peppers and cukes in to their beds.  Other than those the garden is in.  I almost have a handle on the weeds that tried to take over the orchard.  The garden beds don't have too many weeds at the moment.  That will change as soon as I turn my head! 
For some reason I have desired a green lawn. I think it's to keep the foxtails off the dogs, not because the grand kids want it green rather than brown.  Last year big dog got a foxtail in her ear and many hundreds of dollars later the vet was able to fix her up.  I don't want a repeat of that.  Normally the grass is green for about a month or two during the spring and a month or two during the fall.  It goes dormant in winter. 

All the extra electricity to run the well won't even come near the amount of big dogs vet bill.  So, I bought four rainbirds that you attach to a hose.  Three are in the front yard and one is in the back.  The front lawn is rectangular so it's harder to get a set pattern with less than the three sprinklers.  Sure I'll have to mow but I have a 54" mower deck on the tractor.  It doesn't take too long and the grass clippings get raked up and given to the chickens.  It keeps their outdoor run cooler than just the bare dirt.  They like eating the grass when it's green.  They also get peck out any seeds and then after a year in the coop it can get raked out and put into the garden. 

I never made the sale for the collectible cards.  I suppose I insulted the idiot.  I will advertise them again.  I am still going through things in the garage for our yard sale.  Every weekend keeps filling up with other things so there isn't a rush.  Perhaps on Memorial Day weekend since we don't have anything planned until that Monday. 

Heard the latest about the vitamins coming out of China...powdered baby flesh and other herbs as a cure for everything!  First plastic in the dog food, now people in the vitamins.  I wonder what they will think of next.  And people I know think I'm crazy for not purchasing anything from China. 


  1. I grow horseradish and YES it is invasive. I have mine in a raised bed and dig it up twice a year...thinking I got it always comes back! I can't get any of my animals to eat the leaves...only the worms.

    1. Thanks for the tip. Hope your husband is doing better and life is getting back to normal. Only a few more weeks until summer vacation!

  2. I found a great companion chart and it says horseradish is good with fruit trees and roses. But I think I'd go the container route if its invasive. Hope this link works for you. It a pretty cool chart.

  3. Most of my Jerusalem Artichoke is in a pretty dry spot and does fine. The clump that gets more steady irrigation is lusher, but tends to produce smaller tubers. It blooms around Aug-Sept here near the SF bay area then dies down. Harvest is after it blooms and starts to look shabby. The leaves are very hairy so nothing here will eat it, but I don't know about sheep.

    I have my horseradish in a 15 gal pot. It is much easier to harvest and control there. I wish I'd put my nettle in a pot or had a sheep to eat it...