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So, do I just harvest the bulby sort of thing at the base, or is there something else underground? It's heavy clay soil, so it might be growing on top more than usual.

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Comment by Lissa on September 28, 2013 at 6:42

I thought they looked familiar ;)

I just harvest the nice young reddish ones when I need them. Mine are suffering from the lack of rain at the moment, so I leave them alone.

We can fix the raspberries right now for you Rob! I have young plantlets out in the garden that need removing(2yrs to crop) and a few canes planted in pots. Let me know if you want some. You're a fair way off - pity we didn't know about this last weekend as Zoe from out your way was here and could have taken some home for you to collect.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 27, 2013 at 17:29

You can harvest the Arrowroot more or less anytime when there's young shoots to be seen. That shoot on the right with just the smallest stem growing from it would be more edible than the big ones with mature stems. Out of a clump you might get 3 or 4 pieces which will be tender and delicately flavoured. I expect that you can just burrow around and cut off the ones you want to eat, leaving the others to grow on. I've pulled the whole plant and recovered the edible parts, broken up the plant to either re-plant elsewhere or give away. There are no rules about it, if you're happy to leave the plant there, just 'bandicoot' it and keep the water up to it. Yes you are right about the clay soil, usually the rhizomes or corms (whichever they are) don't grow above-ground.

Comment by Rob Walter on September 27, 2013 at 17:23

Original plant material provided by Lissa in January of this year, by the way.

Everything that you gave me survived, Lissa, except for the thing which I contacted you about in the first place - the raspberries! A few of the things I'm yet to harvest, though, like the khat, which has been munched by possums continually, and the green aibica because I gave it too much shade. The cranberry aibica I put in a pot and did very well from for a few months before the possums acquired a taste for that as well.

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