NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Snip & Clip -

Globe ar­ti­chokes are speedy and stat­uesque. Sow seed now and your plants will pro­duce their first edi­ble this­tle-like buds in late sum­mer. Sow in­doors in trays and trans­plant when seedlings are big enough (in 8 to 10 weeks). Globe ar­ti­chokes are deep-rooted. They like a deep, hu­mus-rich, free-drain­ing soil, so dig over well and add plenty of com­post. A gen­eral fer­tiliser added to the soil a cou­ple of weeks be­fore plant­ing is also ben­e­fi­cial. They need space in the gar­den – these mighty plants are vig­or­ous grow­ers that can cover 2m-square per plant. After plant­ing, ap­ply blood and bone or a liq­uid fer­tiliser high in ni­tro­gen. Do so again a fort­night later to get plants grow­ing well. Watch for aphids, two spot­ted spi­der mites and slugs and snails, which all love to gob­ble globe ar­ti­chokes.

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