George planted Artichoke seeds the second week of March, this year. Slowly they came up and slowly they grew until finally we could transplant them into the field. That was weeks ago.For weeks they seemed to just sit there. That is, until this week.
They are now pushing up. For those who do not know artichoke is in the thistle family and the part of the plant we normally eat is the immature flower. Actually the stems can be eaten too once you get past the prickly and woody parts.The amazing thing about these plants is that they have beginning leaves that appear to be about 18 inches long. Of course a plant that has flower buds up to 3 inches across has to be big, but who knew that they would be this big.
As with all of the items planted this year it is a joy to watch them progress to maturity. At this point in the season the first potatoes planted have tops that are almost touching between the rows. Tomato plants are over two feet tall. The sweet potatoes have established themselves, starting to expand. They are like a morning glory plant. I am wondering what the final outcome will be when the vines are in their full glory. The second planting of lettuce is almost ready for picking. Pepper plants are starting to branch. The seedless watermelons are almost to the point of blooming, and the muskmelons have many small melons on them, with more coming. Summer squash and cucumbers are beginning to produce, although they did not like the cool nights this week. All of the cole crops are pushing towards maturity. There even seems to be enough to feed a couple of woodchucks and deer.
After last year with all of the miserable weather we endured, this year is a pleasant reminder that each day and season are different. Keep watching new things are coming each week.