Artichokes  (Cynara scolymus) are a member of the thistle
family. An artichoke plant will make a bold statement to any
garden with its long silvery green  foliage and bright purple
flowers.

Best of all, perhaps, this  vegetable can be grown much more
easily and in a wider range of climates than  expect.
The Green Globe Artichoke can be grown in cold climates as
a perennial. This variety matures early and produces heavily.
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Artichokes will grow best in a garden with  full sun. Or in hot climates with
morning sun and afternoon shade.

How to Grow Artichokes - Preparing the Garden Soil
Artichoke plant develop a tap root. The root is long  and likes to grow
deep into the soil. Therefore the soil should be slightly acid with pH
between 6.5 and 7.5  The soil should drain well. Till the ingredients
together. Add sandy if needed. The goal here is to create a sandy loam
soil.

Fertilizing And  Feeding Artichokes:
Artichokes like to eat so  work into the soil one cup of complete organic
fertilizer  such as aged chicken manure and blood meal is very beneficial.

I raise rabbits, so my plants receive a 2 -  3-inch layer of rabbit manure, on
which they thrive. Also mid season dressing of aged manure benefits the
plants.

Keep the plant mulched and water moderately. Over watering will cause
root rot.
I like to let my Artichokes dry out a tad in between waterings. Adjust your
watering in the summer and again in the Fall. Feed
Andy's Organic Plant
Food

Fertilizing:
Apply first dose of fertilizer one week after transplanting, and repeat this
application again monthly through the growing season.
Space:
Artichokes require plenty of space. If planting in a        
container. Use the largest container you can find. At least  
15 gallon container or better.  Put several drainage holes in
the sides and bottom of the container. A plastic container
works well. Some of the best containers come from the Dollar
Store or Wall mart. Side dress Artichokes with  
Andy's Plant Food

No Fussing:
Once planted leave the plants alone.  Artichoke plants  do  
not like to be fussed over and transplanted again.

If planting directly to your garden, study over the area
before you plant. Make sure the area meets all the  
requirements necessary for planting.

Once planted do not plan on digging them up and moving   
the Artichoke plants to another location. They just don't like
being moved around.  If winter is a challenge here's the  
solution.

Preparing Your Artichokes For Winter.
Protecting your Artichokes during the winter months is easy.
Cut the Artichoke plant down to 15 inches. Cover with lots of mulch and
hay or leaves. Put newspaper over the top and weigh it down so it does
not blow a way all your mulch and leaves. The Artichokes should receive
some moisture during the winter months . So allow for rain or snow to do
their job. Old sheet works just as well as newspaper.

If planting in container, just pull the container into a shelter. A shed or
garage or basement works fine. Remember to
Who Can Grow Artichokes? Anyone can all you need is 90 - 100
frost-free days.
I know people who have grown delicious Artichokes in Connecticut,
Maine and Massachusetts.
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