Artichoke Love

by Tim
(Texas)

I planted last fall. They grew well through mild Texas winter. I covered them with tarp on sub freezing nights. It’s mid April and my first artichoke is forming. I’m so excited. Our soil is alkaline (ph 7.5) so I amended soil with composting and agricultural sulfur. I water with a smidge of vinegar in water to drop water ph to 6.5 or 7.0. A soil ph of about 6.8 is important to flowering. Artichokes are heavy feeders, so use a good dose of slow release fertilizer or fertilize regularly.

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