For many, many years I have grown artichokes in my garden. In fact, when I first started growing artichokes, I started them from seeds! Over the years the original plants have had “babies” and I have supplemented them with new, purchased plants.
Generally the winters here in Seattle are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. If it does get below freezing, which isn’t very often or for very long, I cover my artichokes with old sample quilts from my longarm classes. (To view a past post about using sample quilts as garden covers Click Here )
But sometimes, the winter is cold and nasty and a few of my artichokes do not survive. I now have two fairly large artichoke plants growing in my garden.
This spring, my artichokes have gone wild! Each of my artichoke plants has at least three artichokes on them.
Did I mention that I LOVE artichokes!
Here are some photos of my artichoke plants – click on any photo for a larger view.
Artichoke plant #1 with four artichokes on it. Do you see the baby artichoke near the bottom of the photo?
Artichoke plant #2 with three artichokes on it.
A side view showing both plants and the artichokes growing on both of them. And there is one big artichoke on each plant ready to be cut and cooked!
Over the years I have cooked artichokes many different ways. I have boiled, steamed, baked, roasted and microwaved my home grown artichokes. But this year, I’m using my crock pot!
I cut my artichokes, trimmed them, and put them in my big crock pot. I put some garlic through the garlic press and put that on top of the artichokes, along with lemon slices and lemon pepper. I put some water in the bottom of the crock pot, covered it up and set it on high for about 4 hours.
Here are my artichokes in my crock pot ready to be cooked!
While the artichokes were cooking, I was back out in the garden trimming my wisteria!
This is what my wisteria looked like before I attacked it with the pruning shears! It definitely needs a haircut!
After a bit of work……
Oh my gosh, it looks SO much better! And there is a hosta at the bottom left! You can hardly see it in the before photo!
After working on my wisteria and other garden stuff, I’m back to my artichokes.
My house smells divine and my artichokes are tender and look great! Here is the one I ate for dinner
It was SOOOOOO good! I dipped the leaves in some honey mustard sauce, yum, yum, yum!
All that is left is a pile of eaten leaves and the “spikes” from the inside of the choke!
The other artichoke I cooked is in the fridge and I’m going to warm it up and have it for dinner tomorrow!