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HOW TO GROW SUNCHOKES - A High Calorie Perennial Food Crop Which Thrives In HOT Or COLD Climates!
Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichoke) are a high calorie food crop which yields extremely well in hot or cold climates. You could plant sunchokes in Autumn, from roots harvested that year or in the Spring from spring dug roots. Tubers store best in soil so only disturb & harvest to eat, propagate, or sell (wink-wink future self). And yes, it's safe to store tubers in-place in the earth over winter. In the case of the beginner, best not to disturb at all for a couple years!
Sunchokes prefer full sun and 12-16 hour days, choose your worst land with the best sun coverage and plant in that location. Use compost, or chop and drop biomass as a mulch to help them get established. Optionally mulch with woodchips. Water well to promote growth. Sunchokes do not mind dry times once fully established. Mice and voles will eat your crop so planting a bit deeper might help give the rhizome a chance to grow with less pest pressure. Choose a spot where you will always want sunchokes, they often are impossible to fully remove from a sunny location once established. Even with heavy harvest of tubers the plant bounces back year over year. Good luck!
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