I was recently presented with a rather nice opportunity. Someone I know is planning to re-do their vegetable garden and no longer wanted their artichoke plants, nor the artichokes themselves. All I needed to do was to snip off the artichokes and dig up the plants and haul them away, and they were mine. All of this was at the cost of a little physical labor, but really, all of this was for free! I love when that happens!
HOW TO: I dug four of these plants out carefully by their root balls. I used a pointed shovel and, with my foot, I firmly dug the shovel several times, forming a circle around the plant. When the plant was quite loose, I dug it out. I selected the young plants that had not yet produced any artichokes. I will plant them this weekend.
I am hopeful that these transplants will take root and produce artichokes. I have not eaten many artichokes, but am willing to start now! I am going to inspect my cookbooks this weekend for several artichoke recipes. Yay!