I just love growing perennial vegetables. Once you’ve got them into their permanent position (after making sure it’s rich with organic matter and fertile) they take very little work and provide you with lovely produce every year – some, like asparagus, for many years.
Here’s a photo of one of my artichoke plants with several developing heads – taken a couple of weeks ago – mid summer here.
You have to learn when to harvest the succulent heads, cause if you leave them too long you’ll end up with a beautiful thistle flower – pretty, but not edible.
Once you’ve harvested all on the stalk, cut it off near the base. New side-shoots will grow next season, which will produce your new heads.
Give them a go – they’re really easy to grow, make a beautiful, contrasting architectural plant and they’re yummy.
Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…
Filed under: vegetables on February 8th, 2009