Check it out! I have artichokes! Homegrown organic artichokes!
Yeah, I’m just a little bit excited.
Homegrown artichokes have been on my dream list for years. I even included “harvest my first homegrown artichoke” as one of the goals for my 2012 garden. And, from what I’ve read and seen elsewhere, artichokes are a wonderful choice for a garden that needs to look as good as it tastes. Big and bold, with silver-toned foliage and giant purple blooms (assuming you don’t eat them all first). In prime artichoke zones, the plants can supposedly get four or more feet across, and four to six feet tall. I’m not sure how large these will grow — northern Virginia is in USDA Zone 7, and that’s considered marginal for artichokes. An exceptionally cold winter could zap these plants. It’s a risk I’m willing to take.
I’ll post more about planting and growing artichokes in another post. In the meantime, have you ever grown these beauties in your garden? If so, please share any tips in the comments section, below. Thanks!