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« on: July 24, 2011 03:29:34 PM »

I have been planting a garden in this tiny backyard with horrid soil for the past three years and this year is the first year that anything has fruited!  Well, there was last year's artichokes that I didn't know when to harvest as with the black eyed peas three years ago that I let die because I didn't know when to pick them either.  Turns out letting them die was the best thing ever, that is how you make soup beans!  WOOHOO!  Anyways, I digress to this year. 

My artichoke plant which was planted three years ago, died, then came back last year (two years after it died), fruited and gave me 16 artichokes this year.  Now those stalks are dying and new ones have already sprouted, it is an odd and amazing plant!

As you can tell, I had no idea about gardening or artichokes when I planted it super close to the vines on the fence.  Oh well, live and learn.  At least it fruited to give me these:

I also planted radishes, carrots (never sprouted), onions, eggplant, watermelon, green beans, luffa, grapes, early girl tomatoes, lemon boy tomatoes, chocolate cherry tomatoes, butter lettuce, and spinach (which sprouted and then wilted and withered away).


From closest to camera to furthest: lemon boy tomato, 2 early girl tomatoes, onions, eggplant, radishes, carrots, artichokes and beyond artichokes is the watermelon.

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When planting, the three year old knocked over all the seed packets causing several to spill onto floor.  We scooped them up and put into this container for a mystery crop.

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011 03:42:01 PM »

Beautiful! Those artichokes are just gorgeous.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011 03:47:24 PM »

what climate do you have for artichokes?
i love them. i wonder if they can grow indoors?
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011 04:28:30 PM »

what climate do you have for artichokes?
i love them. i wonder if they can grow indoors?
hmmm, google here i come again

I live in southern California.  They started growing in January by themselves and I didn't do anything special, just water from Mother nature.  I really don't understand their growth but enjoy their fruit.  YUM.


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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011 05:09:09 PM »

I am amazed!  Not only by your garden, but by your energy and your thoughfulness and creativity.  I only have three kids (and one is 17, so he takes care of himself) and I can't manage a garden a quarter of that size!  Also, the fact that your kid spilled some of the seeds and you thought to scoop them up and put them in a "mystery" garden says a lot about your mothering abilities! 

(Those artichokes look delicious!)

« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2011 12:04:17 AM »

I'm so impressed! I would have had a hard time not giving up on those artichokes or anything else! It all looks so great!
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012 03:33:01 PM »

I have been planting a garden in this tiny backyard with horrid soil for the past three years

Have you considered making great soil?  It's the ultimate DIY project and you can choose how involved you want to get. 

The secret is compost. 
If your soil is sandy, the organic material keeps the water from draining away too fast. 
If your soil is clay, organic material helps open it up so it will drain. 

There are tons or resources online for making compost, and it can be done by saving your veg scraps and putting them in a bin, a pile or if you're short on space, you can use worms to break the scraps down for you. 

Though my favorite gardening book with lots of great info on making fabulous soil is How to Grow more Vegetables by John Jeavons.

« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012 08:35:41 PM »

This makes me miss home so much. I'm also from Southern California (Bakersfield to be more precise) and my neighbors had a huge backyard garden.

I lived next to them for over 12 years and grew up with their kids. They always had artichokes in their backyard and the best blackberry bush ever.

I'm also in love with the mystery garden. It will be fun when the seedlings get bigger and you can separate them.

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