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Keep artichokes going through the winter in USDA zone 6 and 7 gardens
Nov 17, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Artichokes are the new stars of the edible garden.
Of course we all love to dip the chokes in butter, but artichoke plants also have great garden design elements with their dramatic height, spiky foliage, and purple flowers.
Protect your artichokes from frost and welcome them back in the spring. Artichokes can grow for 6 to 7 years, and our Green Globe artichokes are a variety that does well in cold weather.
If you’re in USDA zones 6 and 7 you can pamper them through the winter.
In our new video on fall care for perennial vegetables, Tricia shows how to shield them from the elements in cold climates.
* Cut the stalks of the artichokes down so they are just 1 foot tall.
Expecting a sharp drop in temperature? Cover each artichoke plant with a cardboard box or a styrofoam cooler, and add straw or leaves inside the box. Remove the box when the temperature returns to normal for your area.
If you’re in zone 6 you can leave the filled box on during much of the winter.
In April, remove the mulch and apply a balanced fertilizer. Keep an eye on the weather in case there is a cold snap that could hurt the artichokes in the last frosts that come with the advent of spring.
For more information on these delicious and decorative vegetables, see our Growing Guide and one of our favorite books, The Edible Front Yard, where author Ivette Soler calls artichokes “the hands-down superstar of front yard food.”
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