More and more I am learning the value of fertilizing your plants!
Here’s a perfect example of what I mean:
If you remember, I started these artichoke plants indoors from seed last Spring (2011), and transplanted them outdoors to a spot in my yard that gets good morning sun, but is shaded in the late afternoon.
Notice the huge difference in size between the two plants on the left, and the two on the right?
Well… I experimented.
The two on the left I fertilized with several clumps of old chicken manure from our coop, and mulched with hay from our goat’s barn.
The two on the right I did not fertilize.
Amazing difference, huh?!
The two on the left are looking SO good!! Even through the winter, so far, they are alive and well. I’ve been curious to see how they do through the cold months. Globe Artichokes generally don’t grow well in this area.
I’m REALLY hoping they survive, and actually produce some healthy heads of artichoke. We’ll see!!