Here I am holding up a Comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale) as I had Comfrey to cut for Comfrey manure which again I created using Donal’s recipe for Nettle manure.
It normally looks like this with pink flowers like so.
My next job then was to create some Comfrey manure and I made two buckets of the stuff.
I also finished the Nettle manure with two more buckets.
But now onto the main course which was the harvesting of the Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus). TO quote a famous comedy I can’t say there’s much call for it round here but I got some haul. Just check out the box! Plus this was the second year it had remained in the bed having been harvested last year and left to regenerate itself.
The only problem now is to find some recipes to make them palatable. Suggestions, anyone?
I was back in the garden last Wednesday and started out by doing a little foraging in the field. Here’s what I came up with. These are common puffballs (Lycoperdon perlatum). You can only eat them when they are young and white throughout. I also came across the beautiful Slender Parasol (Macrolepiota mastiodea), which was a nice surprise as I hadn’t seen them in my Mum’s garden for a few years.
I would never recommend that anyone pick any mushroom unless they were 100% sure of what they picking and had been properly trained by an expert beforehand. I was trained by Jonathon Spazzi at Gortbrack Farm so this information is merely for illustrative purposes. Get trained up or stick to organically grown purchases!
Anyway thanks to my friend Donal I got this wonderful recipe for Nettle Manure (Urtica diocia), which can also be used for Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and as there are lots of both types of plant on my garden patch I was in luck both in terms of fertiliser and using what I was clearing off the beds – just look at all those nettles!
Following Donal’s directions I cut up the nettles that I had cut off the garden and cut up the leaves and then placed them in a blanket ready to be immersed in water in a ten-litre bucket, weighed down by a stone.
Job done – the next entry will be about more clearance and harvest!