Oh my gosh. I’m so excited! (I tend to say that a lot, don’t I??)
My artichokes are LOADED this year. I can’t believe how big they are just two years after starting them from seed.
It’s especially cool ’cause artichokes aren’t supposed to do well in my area. I don’t know anyone else that grows them here. Just goes to show it doesn’t hurt to try!
The earwigs that I had trouble with are back again this year. But last year I noticed that as soon as the assassin bugs came out, they were all over the artichoke bushes, and made quick work of the earwigs. Don’t you just love it when nature does it’s thing?!
The globes are still small compared to what you can find in the grocery store. But they’re definitely bigger than what we got last year. And whereas last year we harvested maybe four globes, this year there are over 20 out there right now. I’m sure they’ll get bigger in size with time.
Artichokes are proving to be pretty hardy plants. They don’t tolerate freezing temps or really hot weather well, but even though they die back in Winter and Summer they do come back again in Spring and Fall.
I don’t cover them in mulch in the winter, as is recommended. But our winters are very mild here, with temps seldom dipping into the teens. Artichokes love rich compost, so mulching around their base with chicken bedding (manure and straw) really gives them a boost.
Can’t wait to eat a few of these beauties. It won’t be long before they’re ready!
Have you tried growing globe artichokes yet? Click here to read about my favorite way to cook them!