A popular vegetable the Artichoke provides a delicious accompanist for many types of meals. Growing Artichokes in your garden can be a great way of producing home grown vegetables for your dinner table.
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A popular vegetable the Artichoke provides a delicious accompanist for many types of meals. Growing Artichokes in your garden can be a great way of producing home grown vegetables for your dinner table. Artichokes can be grown from seed but many gardeners prefer to buy ready rooted suckers to plant.
The artichoke suckers are sown early in the spring around March or April, these plants grow over the following months reaching around 1.5m in height. With jagged silvery leaves the Artichoke plant can be an attractive addition to your garden, especially suited for your gardens borders. The flowers themselves are the artichoke and need to picked before them bloom around July or August, each plant produces around 12 edible heads meaning you will probably not need lots of Artichoke plants. When planting multiple Artichoke plants you must leave around 65cm apart from other plants giving them room to grow out.
Soil Condition For Growing Artichokes
The location for planting is important Artichoke plants enjoy spending time in the sun light and will need well drained soil. As with most plants for best results fertiliser helps alternatively well rotted manure or compost mixed into the soil before planting will help you get larger plants and bigger yields.
When the young plant is first planted ensure that it is well watered.
On the first year of planting, the artichoke plants will need all their energy on growing , so remove the flower heads as the sprout. The second year will give you edible fruit for harvest, making it an ideal plant that will last many years in your garden.
There are a number of different varieties of Artichoke plants popular choices include the Romanesco, Green Globe, Violetta di Chioggia, Purple Sicilian and Violetta Precoce.