Artichokes Green Globe Organic 5 x 3cm Vegetable Plug Plants
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If you are looking for a vegetable this is both healthy, delicious and capable of bringing a refined touch to your kitchen then the artichoke should be near the top of the list. Able to be boiled, grilled, steamed or eaten raw this vegetable makes a great salad with lamb or eaten on its own with a butter sauce or olive dip. The green globe artichoke is a perennial variety with silvery-green leaves that form a shell around a part of a plant called the heart. This globe sits on top of a tall stem which produces thin, ragged green leaves. The edible part of this plant if the meaty heart the sits protected by the leaves at the top of the stem. Towards the end of the growing season, the artichoke will produce small, purple grass-like flowers at the top that bring a bit of colour to your garden.
How to grow artichokes at home?
Plant your globe artichoke in a sunny spot that has a well-draining soil and is protected from cold, strong winds. They should be spaces 60-90cm apart. Water the plants well to establish them in your space, and support with a stake for future growth. In the spring mulch well with manure or homemade compost and feed with a high-potassium fertilizer. To keep a consistent yield of vegetables divide your artichokes every two to three years.
How do you harvest globe artichokes?
Your artichoke will produce edible fruits in its second year after planting. You can harvest your artichoke beginning in June or July until the first frosts. You can tell that your artichoke is ready to harvest when the leaves at the top of the plant begin to open. Cut off the bud with a sharp knife with about 3 inches of the stem. Once removed, keep watering your plant as it may produce more, but once the frosts have begun, cut back the plant fully and mulch ready for the next spring.
How do you store artichokes?
It is best to harvest your artichokes as you need them, but if you wish to store them for use throughout the year there are a few ways to store these delicious plants. If you plan to use your artichokes within a week, sprinkle them with a little water, put in a plastic bag and store in the coldest part of the fridge. This can be done before or after removing the outer leaves. For longer preservation you can store them by using the Italian method of oil marinading. To do this remove the leaves from the artichoke and place the heart in a bowl of lemon water. Heat 3 parts water and 7 parts vinegar in a pan with some bay leaves and peppercorns. Cook for 5 minutes and add to a sterilized jar. Cover with extra virgin olive oil and store in a cool place for up to three years.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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