Remember these beautiful artichoke plants I just shared with you a couple of days ago?
Now look at ’em…
I know. I’m cringing too.
I looked out my front door yesterday and was horrified to find three out of four of my poor artichokes shriveled and gray.
I gasped, “What the heck happened to my artichokes?!” And my husband recalled that it had gotten down to 19* the night before.
I totally should have mulched these plants. I’m the worst procrastinator ever.
I read that one way of protecting artichoke plants from hard freezes is to make an enclosure around them with chicken wire, and fill it in, completely covering the plants with leaves.
Guess I’ll have to do that to my last surviving artichoke. Although… there is still a tad bit of green left on the other three plants. Maybe there’s hope yet!
Lesson learned. Mulch your plants in the winter. Or at least pay attention to the weather, and throw a blanket over them if it’s gonna freeze!