There is reason for celebration here. Last evening I harvested my first artichoke. I have been trying to grow artichokes for the past three seasons. Each year I learned a little more, and now I am hoping to go that one extra step of successfully guarding it through the winter so it will be a perennial.
There are several factors that contribute to this year’s success. First was the switch FROM “Imperial Star” TO “Green Globe” seed at the suggestion of a gardener at Monticello. Second was planting a dozen seeds from which I got three plants … they are VERY susceptible to damping off. Third was planting them in the ground instead of in a raised bed. Fourth was planting them in a hole filled with well composted manure.
The stalk came up while I was away. I was so busy admiring the two artichokes on the plant that I failed to notice that the larger one was, in fact, turning into the thistle it is intended to be. So I snipped it last night and ate it for dinner. The leaves were a little tough, but the heart was very tasty.