Artichokes!

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!

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2 Responses

  1. I love this! How fun! I am wondering now, if I can grow them down here in zone 10. I sure hope you have a big harvest and enjoy eating them! My son puts them in a pot and streams in the oven for an hour or so, then dips the leaves into a dip, and scrapes the meat off with his teeth. I guess it is worth the effort! They are real expensive here in the groceries, but I am looking for a big bag full on sale! Wish me luck! 🙂

    • Hi, Julie,
      I hope that both of us have great luck regarding artichokes! I so seldom eat them that I had no idea that they are so expensive ($2-$3/each, on sale), but they are delicious and worth the effort. I already have a recipe picked out, artichokes with herb butter. I’ll just be grateful if any of the four plants survive the transplantation and produce just one artichoke per plant! 🙂

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