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  1. Denise: Each winter, starting after Christmas Day or New Year, we clear all of one third of the artichoke patch. The smallest tubers are saved as ‘seed’ to replant. When the third is fully cleared, then the ‘seed’ is scattered over the area (roughly 6in-9in spacing), and covered with12in to 15in of seaweed (we did that Tuesday – 9th Feb). It wil be three years when the same third is harvested again. Each winter the dead haulms/stems of the other two thirds of the patch are allowed to fall to the ground and decay. This results in the most amazingly humous-rich soil, full of life. It is in effect an example of permaculture, as we only fork lightly to harvest the tubers – without turning the soil. We do not dig in the seaweed – we leave nature to do the work.

  2. Answer: Jerusalem Artichokes. In theory they’re tomato shape (Tubby in the photo, but congested roots can make them any shape. And, by the way, if eaten straight after picking then – as with so many other vegetables that go starchy if stored – they do not result in, er, um, well any antisocial consequences.

  3. By the look of humpty dumpty there, there’s been a wee mousie who knew exactly what they are, and felt entitled to take a wee chomp!

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