Tips on growing artichokes
I'm growing artichokes for the first time this year. Not Jerusalem Artichokes, the other kind. I've planted Imperial Star in flats and most of them are up and looking good. No true leaves yet, but they appear to be healthy. I'll pot them up over the next month and a half or so until it looks like a good time to plant them. Has anyone on the forum grown these in Oklahoma? Any suggestions or tips?
I have a sandy loam soil, well drained. It is a bit more on the sandy side than I would like though. I continue to amend it over time. I have cleared some additional land and it has a bit more clay than the rest of the garden. By in large it is good soil, easy to work and does a pretty good job in most years. Dry periods are my biggest difficulty. The past two years have been rough, as I am sure most of you already know.
I'm thinking of planting the artichokes in an area that is in partial shade during a portion of the day. My reading on the subject seems to point to artichokes needing a bit cooler temperatures than what we often get in Oklahoma.
I grow a very large garden with mostly traditional vegetables which keep me plenty busy through the growing season. The artichokes are one of this years "Hey, let's try this!" experiments.
So, any suggestions from past experiences growing artichokes?