Dammit! The Jerusalem artichokes of Dooooooom are starting to resprout. While I prefer not to use poison, I am resigned to using glysophate as I have been told (by a gardener) that you can kill them with this, so long as you get em' when they're just sprouting. Which would be now.
Unfortunately you can't safely apply it when it's raining or windy. Ideally you apply it on a warm, sunny, still day. Looking at the long range forecast, next Friday might be okay. If the little bastards aren't monstrously huge by then.
As for glyphosate:
it has long been considered one of the less dangerous poisons, and IIRC, you could once use it and still get organic certification with NASAA, but this no longer appears to be the case. It doesn't appear in this document about what is approved for use on organic farms in Australia.
A few other links that I lost when I edited this post suggest it's not the benign herbicide it used to be thought of. Other sites I've visited offer arguments for and against, no one seems to be impartial.
So I'm not really happy with this, but mechanical methods are a bit much. There is Rely 280
but do I believe the blurb of a chemical company?
In other news, 10B just dropped off several bags of excellent stuff for the compost: lawn clippings and leaves, and a few bags of garden waste that are quite hot and happily composting all by themselves. The compost bin is now topped up and it's probably time to start pulling stuff out of the bottom. The hot bags of stuff are going to moulder happily in the invisible corner of the backyard and might just be used straight from the bag.
He also bought round some ginger lily rhizomes - we had plenty in what is now his place, and I miss them. Ginger lilies should grow quite well in a shady spot near my living room window and their scent should waft enticingly through the house in summer.
The other useful garden things were a couple of panes of thick glass. Many, many years ago we glommed a stack of thick panes of glass from a place being renovated because they seemed to useful to throw out. And needless to say, we never touched them again. Well, now about 2% of this vast quantity of glass is about to become useful. Hurrah. They will assist in the drying of worm castings.