Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The First Artichoke
Yesterday, I noticed that one of my Imperial Star artichokes was sending up a flower stalk. It won't be too long before we pick the first edible flower bud of the year. I have seven plants and all are doing well. Last year, I harvested my first artichoke in mid-August. This year, I planted them in an area of the garden that gets full sun, which may account for the 5-week difference. I should probably side-dress the plants with some additional compost and maybe apply a foliar feed once a week. Last year I did not feed my artichokes at all after planting, which may be the reason why they quickly faded after producing 3 or 4 flower buds. Hopefully that won't happen this year.
Growing artichokes successfully in our zone 6 climate can be somewhat challenging, which in many ways adds to the excitement in my opinion. If you're interested in hearing more about it, click here.