Wintering Artichokes

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Artichokes “will not winter reliably north of zone 7”

(http://www.yourgardenshow.com/plants/11935-Violet-de-Provence-Artichoke)

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Spy Garden is in Zone 6a: The first frost occurring at the end of October and last frost occurring in the beginning of April. The first of May is a very safe date to start planting tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other tender varieties in Spy Garden. If you are planting “warm weather” vegetables make sure and find a date to plant when the danger of frost is completely past and the soil has warmed. In Spy Garden 2012 tomatoes, peppers and eggplants were planted in the ground VERY early: March 15 and as a result the plants grew more slowly and were not as productive. If you are overeager and plant early, choose: broccoli, cauliflower, chard, greens & peas but hold off on the melons, tomatoes, etc. until spring is in full fling!

Find your zone by zip code on:

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

It remains to be seen if these Violet de Provence purple artichokes will survive the winter. They were started from seeds indoors this time last year and then planted in the ground in March, 22 2012. The seeds were purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. One of the plants has slightly different foliage so it is either a mutant breed or an artichoke of a different variety got mixed in to the seed packet.

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

It has been cold in the 10s and 20s but the artichokes still have a lot of color and do seem to perk up on the warmer days. They never fruited in the first season of growing so hopefully in 2013 they will. Leaves have been raked around the plants to help insulate them. Having a raised bed also allows for insulation of the plants. The ground warms more quickly when it is a well-aerated raised bed.

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Violet de Provence Purple Artichoke Plant

Russian Red/Ragged Jack Kale

Russian Red/Ragged Jack Kale

Row of Violet de Provence Artichokes & Yellow Strawberries

Row of Violet de Provence Artichokes & Yellow Strawberries

Southeast corner of Spy Garden: Future home of Ramson's/ Wild Garlic, Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard, Perpetual Spinach,Yellow Canary Creeper Nasturtium & Jewel Peach Melba Nasturtium

Southeast corner of Spy Garden: Future home of Ramson’s/ Wild Garlic, Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard, Perpetual Spinach,Yellow Canary Creeper Nasturtium & Jewel Peach Melba Nasturtium

Tulips in planter coming in March/April! The bulbs were budding & sticking out of the dirt so they've been insulated with a fresh layer of potting soil.

Tulips in planter coming in March/April! The bulbs were budding & sticking out of the dirt so they’ve been insulated with a fresh layer of potting soil.

    Romper Stomper

Romper Stomper

Garden Helper!

Garden Helper!

Violet de Provence Purple Artichokes look like washed up Portuguese Man-o-War jellyfish!

Violet de Provence Purple Artichokes look like washed up Portuguese Man-o-War jellyfish!

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