Artichoke - Green Globe
This variety produces good size, dark green heads with a tasty heart. Green globe artichoke makes a supreme delicacy when picked young for culinary use. It is an attractive thistle like plant, which look at home in the flower border as well as a vegetable plot. It grows to 150-200cm tall. The flower buds are best harvested before they flower.
Sow seeds from February to March indoors or March to April outdoors. For indoors sowing, use seed sowing compost in pots or trays in greenhouse at 18°C. Outside, sow in free draining soil in mid spring when the soil has warmed up. They will need an open spot with plenty of sun and well-drained soil. Sow 2 to 3 seeds 30cm apart, then thin out so final spacing is 1 metre apart. When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick off into small pots. Harden off and grow on. Plant out 1m apart the following spring. Add plenty of well-rotted manure to the planting site and add horticultural grit to clay soil to improve drainage. Rake in some general fertilizer before planting. Harvest from June to September the following year.