Second Year Artichokes

2nd Year Artichokes

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?!

Artichoke globes

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!

11 thoughts on “2nd Year Artichokes”

  1. We are huge fans of artichokes in my house! We make spinach artichoke dip and stuffed artichokes. If you have never tried stuffed artichokes definitely give them a try! We make ours differently than most of the recipes you find online but they are delicious! I love your blog! Thank you for giving so many awesome tips and tricks to a healthier lifestyle!

  2. HI: I was told that diatomaceous earth will get rid of earwigs. It did nothing sorry to say. This plant came up out of nowhere and has now gone thru 4 yrs, maybe 5. It lives in very dry clay soil here in the santa cruz mountains and I am afraid if I transplant it I will kill it. It seems to like it there. I have 3 baby artichokes about the size of a thumb and the earwigs have hit the top and drilled a hole in one. When I have used soap and that fruit and vegie herbaside I killed the leaves (they burnt from sun)on other plants so I am scared to use that. I need help. I am afraid to touch it other than water and throw new potting soil on it every so often because of the clay soil, it runs down the hill over and over as I water.
    In a pickle I say, or marinated arti. 🙂

    • Cara,

      I’ve used an organic spray on my artichokes with pretty good luck. You just need to spray them really well, either very very early in the morning, or late in the evening when the sun is weak. My artichokes have really stressed when transplanted, and they’ve even died back to the ground, but they’ve always come back the next year. Good luck with them!

  3. This is so exciting to see. I’ve started artichoke seedlings this year and you have given me new hope for getting artichokes from my garden. They are one of our favorite vegetables and I love planting anything that will, with care, come back year after year. Thanks for sharing these pics.

  4. What gorgeous plants you’ve grown! I’m trying cardoon this year. It’s supposed to be the pioneer plant of the cultivated artichoke. Curiosity is what drove me to try something new. Great job!

    • SJ Smith,

      I’ve never heard of cardoon. I’ll have to google it and see if it might work here as well 😉 Thanks for the earwig tip. I’ve heard of that method before… I might have even tried it last year, I can’t remember. Glad to know it works for you!

  5. I’ve never eaten artichoke. In fact this is the first time I’ve ever even seen the plant, which is a very cool looking plant by the way! May have to give it a try one day.

  6. I’ve tried eating artichokes but it felt like I was eating a uncooked leaf off a tree. What are they like to you. Do they come back each year like asparagus?


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