I still can’t get used to the amazing upsurge in interest in grow your own, particular amongst youngsters! This afternoon, members of the newly formed Kneiken Felleshage (Kneiken Communal Garden in Trondheim) visited my garden and we discussed everything from seaweed as fertiliser to Tromso Palm! You guys are so inspiring and I’m honoured to be part of it….look forward to collaborating more in the future!
Unknown to them, they automatically joined Norwegian Seed Savers (Planteklubben for Grønnsaker) as I gave them a special Jerusalem Artichoke / Jordskokk – North American Stampede, which visually is identical to our earliest variety Dagnøytral (Dayneutral).
Hablitzia is spreading in my garden and sometimes appears in plant pots, here in a large pot grown bay tree that I move inside for the winter in a cold room. It doesn’t seem bothered by lack of freezing temperatures
So far this year the temperature has been over 5 deg C above average, the highest start to the year since records began! Yesterday, 14th March I harvested these Hablitzia shoots outside for a salad!
In recent years, I’ve been experimenting with seed of perennials for winter greens, here the first time I’ve tried lovage / løpstikke sprouts. I sowed in November in a large pot left outside as they may not germinate without cold treatment. I then moved inside to an unheated room at the beginning of March and now there’s been mass germination and the taste is pretty good too :)
I will hold a 3+ hour workshop on perennial vegetables (in English I think) at the Nordic Permaculture Festival, Stjernsund, Sweden on 8th August!! Looking forward to visiting and meeting the good folks at Stjernsund for the first time!
More information on the festival here:
Perennial vegetables, Edimentals (plants that are edible and ornamental) and other goings on in The Edible Garden