We love artichokes but usually eat them canned (as in canned artichoke hearts). In salads, stuffed, with pasta, etc…they are delicious. In the garden, they are beautiful big plants that are sometimes perennial (more about wintering artichokes). They are very spiky! I have a vague idea about how to remove the “choke” and know I want to try some fresh ones dipped in some lemon juice with butter, other than that, harvesting and preparing the fresh artichokes will be a new experience! One in which I will need to don some sturdy gloves!
We’ve named the turkey Ben Franklin since Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. It might be a female in which case it can be Benjamina Franklin.
Young garlic setting scapes: These plants are one year old; grown from scape seeds
The scapes can be cut and used as you would garlic. If left on the plant each scape will produce little round mini-bulb seeds. It takes about three years to get a good-sized garlic head from the scape seeds. You can also grow garlic from individual cloves planted in summer/fall and get full-sized garlic heads the following spring.
Garlic planted from a bulb late last summer.
All of this garlic began with a handful of little garlic seeds given to us by some good friends. We planted the seeds in 2010.
These few plants are huge; the tallest is 5 feet tall!
Soon we will dig up some heads of garlic and see it in yet another form!