[gardeners] Artichokes

asidv@ktc.com (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 10:35:44 +0000

Mother has been wanting to try artichokes from seed. I've never done 
it....have always figured the only places they'd actually produce 
edible fruit is California-type climates. Fredericksburg, Texas  is 
USDA 8a; soil is highly alkaline and thin. No problem with humidity 
and reasonable amount of rainfall. *Very* hot summers....but dry and 
cool at night. Freezes are never deep. Winter is counted in days, not 
even weeks when it comes down to it, so I figure a deep mulch would 
protect over winter.

Nobody grows them locally, but I'm learning that is not always an 
good indicator. The palette of things that do really well here is 
narrow, but not as narrow as people tend to think, I'm becoming 
convinced. Either that, or I am trying to talk myself into thinking 
that a soil pH of 7.8 is really not so horrible if I end up moving 
here to live year round!

Suggestions, admonitions, warnings, and advice appreciated.

Catharine, normally in Atlanta; visiting in Texas Hill Country.