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Growing your own artichokes!

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December 10, 2011 — Can you grow your own artichokes? Mike McGrath discusses how people outside of California can attempt to coax this edible thistle along. Plus your fabulous phone calls.

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Question of the Week

Mike: I went to THE website (that’s what I call your site) and was shocked; for the first time, your alphabetical index failed me. You have no information on artichokes! From the little I could find elsewhere on the web, it seems like it’s possible to raise artichokes down here in the South, but there was conflicting information on what varieties would be best to try; and not a lot of info at all on how to care for the plants. Do you have any advice/expertise to share? I’m sick of paying $3-4 to get a ‘choke fix’! Thanks! Get the answer »

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  • John Saia

    Dear Mike:
    I was at a friend’s house in Sterling, Virginia outside Washington, DC and his neighbor had these huge palm trees planted in the ground in late January in the snow. How is this even possible! My friend told me they have been there for many years. Can you shed some light on this mystery?

    John in Potomac Falls, VA

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