Over the weekend I took some hardwood elderberry cuttings for propagation.  I have a few places where I want to have elderberries going forward so I decided to plant a few elderberry cuttings in each location on the property. 

As usual I also put a several in my propagation bed to be transplanted or sold once they root and leaf out this spring.  As the fall and winter progresses I will be taking cuttings of other plants.  More posts and pictures to follow.

Sunchokes or Jerusalem Artichokes are next up on our Edible November list.  They are another perennial that most people don't know about.  Sunchokes are an edible tuber and a flower similar to the sunflower, they grow in much of the country and can be used similarly to potatoes.

A few warnings about sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes: they are commonly known by some people as "fartichokes" and they are vigorous growers.  First the inulin affects some who eat large quantities thus the name fartichokes.  Pickling them with vinegar takes this problem away.

Sunchokes are a vigorous grower and can spread rapidly.  A few sunchoke tubers left to overwinter can turn into a large patch in no time.  They are also a wonderful livestock food, chickens and pigs both enjoy sunchokes with no fartichoke effects.

Switching gears to veggies in the Edible November series: Asparagus.

Asparagus is an edible that is widely missing in most gardens.  Hopefully this series gets more of these tasty spears planted into your garden this fall.  

Asparagus is commonly grown from crowns in the spring, however you can plant seeds this fall and get your asparagus plot started.  Yes seeds do take longer to get your first harvest but this is Edible November not Edible April. 

Asparagus grown from seeds will take about 3 years to start producing.  Planting from crowns in the spring will usually yield edible spears in 1-2 years.  If planting crowns plant them 4-6 inches dig in a row 12-18 between plants.  Asparagus is usually planted in rows and does best in full sun, rows should be 4-5 feet apart.  It grows in USDA hardiness zones 3-8 meaning it will grow in much of the country. 

As with every perennial make sure you plant them in their permanent place in your garden.  Asparagus plants will usually last 15-20 years.