We’ve had artichokes from the garden twice now and have two more that I’ll probably cut and fix tonight.
We were amazed at the fresh from the plant artichokes! The bottom leaves are similar to the bottom leaves on a storebought artichoke but other than the very bottom couple of rows, the rest of the leaves are so tender that except for the little thorn, we were able to eat the entire leaf. And the heart — oh, my! That really has me wanting to plant my entire garden in artichokes!
We’ve already cut one out of the center of this plant and there are three more. I’m not sure how many they will make from the spring crop but it looks like most of the plants are going to make at least 4.
I read that we can cut them back when they’re done producing and they’ll likely make a fall crop. Can’t get enough fresh artichokes. This year I have 5 plants producing and I think there are at least 20 more new plants in the garden so hopefully next summer, I’ll have at least 25 artichoke plants giving me at least 4 artichokes.
Terri S. says
If you love artichokes, you might like this recipe. I usually make it and share it with my son and daughter-in-law, as my husband won’t eat an artichoke if his life depended on it. It’s really delicious though. I’ve never used fresh artichokes, but I’m sure they would work fine.
Judy H says
They sound wonderful! We love artichokes, too!
Carolyn Sands says
I enjoy your blog posts! FYI, I just came from Aldi in Frisco, TX. Blackberries are $.79 for the small container – whatever it’s called.
Dot Murdoch says
How do you prepare & eat artichokes??? You certainly do have interesting blogs on many different things….learn a lot on things I never knew I needed to know….Enjoy them all ….Give Boots some Luv for me….Dot M.
WOW! I was just thinking as I started reading how many 1 plant produced and then you answered my question. Do they produce the 2nd year then or further out? I LOVE artichokes but never buy and make. I like them in stuff and LOVE artichoke dip. So good!
We, too, love artichokes and I have am giving it a try in a pot this year. Grew one many years ago in CA; got 3 the first year, 8 the second year and then the darn rain rotted out the plant roots and it died. Sooooooooo hoping I can make this one grow this year here in AZ.
Judy, Your artichokes are gorgeous! Yum! Did you take the photos with your new phone? Nice pictures…..I have a delicious recipe on my blog for Artichokes. Quick too.
I know your garden is behind high fence but I’m looking for an educated guess. I’m hoping artichokes are deer resistant. I’d like to plant them but they would be accessible to marauding deer. I’m hoping they would pass them by. Wouldn’t you think they would?