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How to Grow Artichokes!

Artichokes blog post
Artichokes are a perennial that does best in an environment with cool summer temperatures and mild winters, but can be grown in any environment. They not only provide artichokes, but also add beauty and color to your garden! They are commonly grown for ornamental purposes since their flowers add such beauty! Once they are established they will need very little care.
 

How to Grow:

Artichokes can be planted indoors 8 weeks before your last spring frost and outdoors 3-4 weeks before your last spring frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Artichoke seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 1 per 2 square feet, in the full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Artichokes will sprout approximately 10-21 days after planted with constant moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Broccoli Kohlrabi NONE!
Brussel Sprouts Peas  
Cabbage Sunflowers  
Collard Greens Tarragon  
Kale    

 
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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for artichokes:

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Harvesting:

Artichokes will be ready to harvest within about 21-26 weeks. Artichokes are ready to harvest when they are approximately 3 inches in diameter and are still firm. Just simply cut the stem below the bud to collect your artichoke. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Cooking & Eating!

Artichokes can be prepared in a countless number of ways! You can roast, steam, boil, or even eat the hearts cold!

 

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