Plant your artichokes outdoors after the last frost. Artichokes grow to be very wide, so plant them at least 2 feet apart. Artichokes grow best in rich, fertile, moist and well drained soil that has full sun exposer. Add compost to your soil at the start of the season and add additional compost again mid season.
Artichokes are generally problem-free, common problems are mold, slugs, aphids, and root rot.
Artichokes are ready for harvest when the buds are about the size of a apple and the leaves are still closed. Cut them about an inch below the head to encourage additional production of buds.
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